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Beets a la Varro - Betacios varronis


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Beets a la Varro

Varro beets, that is, black ones of which the roots must be cleaned well.
Cook them with mead and a little salt and oil.
Boil them down in this liquor so that the roots are saturated thereby;
the liquid itself is good drinking.
It is also nice to cook a chicken in with them.

Betacios varronis (Latin Version)

Varro: ├ČBetacios, sed nigros, quorum detersas radices et mulso decoctas cum sale modico et holeo vel sale, aqua et oleo in se coctas iusculum facere et potari, melius etiam si in eo pullus sit decoctus├«.