“Beets are deadly serious. Slavic peoples get their physical characteristics
from potatoes, their smoldering inquietude from radishes, their seriousness from beets. The beet is the melancholy vegetable, the one most willing to suffer. You can’t squeeze blood from a turnip…” Jitterbug Perfume
What more can I say, I’ve always liked my vegetables. And this, this explains a lot.