Same here. When I express my dislike, people say, “oh, that’s because you’ve only ever had canned beets – fresh beets roasted in the oven will change your mind!”
I’ve had roasted beets, and they didn’t change my mind at all. Beets just taste … weird. Like they have a chemical in them that isn’t actually meant to be consumed.
ETA: The one exception is that I do like pickled beet eggs. But only the eggs. The beets get thrown out after they impart their lovely color to the eggs; luckily the eggs don’t end up tasting like beets.
Either: 1) They’ve gotten dirt in their mouth (I certainly have) so know what soil tastes like or 2) Since taste is mostly smell, anyway, you can get a good idea of what dirt tastes like simply by knowing its smell (and I’ve never understood the “oh, it tastes better than it smells” people for that reason. I eat everything pretty much, and I can’t think of a food where I really think it tastes much different than it smells.)
They’re fine. When I was a kid my older brother and sister both hated the pickled beets my parents would put on the table every now and then, and I’m certain I liked it just because they didn’t. As an adult, I still like them. Put some beets in the smoker and brought them to Thanksgiving a couple of weeks ago, in fact.
That’s my thought. Between football, fights,even soccer and baseball I got a good load of dirt and grass in my mouth at least a couple dozen rimes. I’m surprised anybody could through childhood without a mouthful at least once.
The only way my husband will eat beets is if they are prepared like potato chips.
I like a lot of beet recipes, but I’m not fond of Havard Beets. I do like pickled beets and really miss having the brightly colored hard-boiled egg as accompaniment.
The grocery store here starting selling cottage cheese with beets and horseradish which I found surprising tasty. Supposedly it’s based on a Nordic recipe. Haven’t tried it myself, and I would probably skip the dill because it’s not one of my favorites, but some day I will.