Here is a quick video showing a little about the beauty of the carved beet rose and some different things you can do with beet roses.
Carved Beet Roses Make a Lovely Centerpiece.
Beets come in various colors in additional to the familiar deep red color. They can also be found in shades of orange and yellow. This golden beet in the photo below had orange skin with a yellow interior. You can also find beets in shades of pink and white. Mix the red, pink and white and gold beet roses together and you have a beautifully colorful vegetable bouquet.
These same beet rose design can be carved into other root vegetables like turnips, daikon, jicama, sweet potatoes and yams. So, once you know how, you can carve vegetable roses from a spectrum of colors. The various colors of root vegetables look great together as you can see in this photo (above) of the beet rose bouquet carved by chef Muhammed Siddiqui.
If you can’t find a vegetable of the color you want, say perhaps blue, you can always carve white turnip or diakon and dye it whatever color you like.
Learn to Make Carved Beet Roses
I teach how to carve turnip and beet roses in my Hearts and Roses video lessons. I originally created these lessons with Valentines day in mind but these lessons are great for any time of year. In this set of lessons, you will also learn how to make leek ribbon flowers, heart carved oranges and apple swans.
These lessons are designed for beginners who don’t own any special fruit carving tools…yet. (Once you get a taste of to fun of fruit carving, you’ll want to get some fruit carving tools). But, for this set of lessons, you can work with what you already have. All you will need is a sharp pointed paring knife which you probably already own.
When you purchase Hearts and Roses lessons for yourself, not only do you get the DVD mailed to you, but you get instant access to the lessons online. That way you can start carving a beet rose right away.
To learn more about the Hearts and Roses video lessons, click here.
While you are carving beets roses, why not whip up a beet greens side dish and colorful roasted beet salad?
Oh, and by the way, don’t throw out those beet greens. They can be cooked up to make a tasty and very nutritious side dish. Here’s my beet greens recipe. And, here is my recipe for a very yummy roasted beet salad with goat cheese and glazed walnuts. MMM mmm. Beet roses can also be steamed and served as a pretty and unexpected side dish and are bound to be received with exclamations of delight.