Beeturia? For reals?

So, since I'm not a big "beet eater" I didn't know this was a thing.
Beeturia [wikipedia link]

On a few occassions in my life I've eaten small amounts of beets. I like them, but no one in my family made them, and thus I've had no need to go out and purchase and cook my own. But, the joys of being a CSA member, I'm getting vegetables I have no idea what to do with.

Yesterday morning I cooked up the 3 beets that I had gotten the week before. Baked and peeled (what a mess), sliced (even more of a mess).. and then what?

I had three beets all sliced up and no plan for a dish. I started piling them into a bowl, and after a layer it came to me:
Some parmesan cheese, some ripped parsley and basil, another layer of beets, another layer of parmesan and herbs, and a drizzle of olive oil. Oh, and some bacon bits to top that all off.


So… yeah. I've come to the conclusion that my body doesn't break down the beet pigment at all. I'd go into more details here, but no, I'll just say that everything has been very… colorful.


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  1. spudart said,

    That's hard to beet.

    July 22, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

  2. Joe said,

    Holy crap, really? I have had reddish shits the next day after eating beets, but it would be scary to start peeing red, if I did not know I had beeturia. Thanks for making me slightly more knowledgeable.

    July 23, 2013 @ 9:59 am

  3. sparx said,

    Pinkish/orange. If you've ever taken too much B12, same intensity, different color.
    Quite alarming at first.
    My reaction was basically "Huh.. dying. Oh wait, beets? I should look that up."

    I was surprised by my nonchalant-ness towards the idea that my renal system was failing.

    July 23, 2013 @ 10:09 am

  4. spudart said,

    Ooooh. Beeturia is the name for what happens when you eat beets. You had to beet me over the head with that one.

    July 23, 2013 @ 6:54 pm

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