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Beet

Beta vulgaris

This old-fashioned favorite is becoming trendy once again. Use beetroots fresh, steamed, or roasted. At room temperature, beetroot is great in salads. It's also a favorite for pickling and canning. Although beetroots are usually red, they may also be yellow, pink, or stripped, creating a beautiful effect.

The leaves of beets are also prized. Usually, leaves are green with veins that match the root color, though some produce reddish-purple leaves. Tender young beet greens can be added to salads. When they're larger, they're usually steamed, sauted, stir-fried, or cooked. They're especially appreciated in the South, where they're "cooked down" with ham or bacon either solo or combined with other greens, such as mustard greens or collard greens.

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Part Sun, Sun

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Under 6 inches to 3 feet

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2-8 inches wide

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'Bull's Blood' beet
'Bull's Blood' beet
features deep burgundy foliage that's especially attractive in salads. Its roots develop a candy-stripe interior. 55 days
'Chioggia' beet
'Chioggia' beet
is an Italian heirloom variety with green leaves and pink stems. It produces candy-stripe roots 60 days after planting.
'Cylindrica' beet
'Cylindrica' beet
features dark red cylindrical roots ideal for uniform slices of pickled or canned beets.
'Golden' beet
'Golden' beet
has green leaves with yellow stems and sweet golden roots. 55 days
'Red Ace' beet
'Red Ace' beet
offers round, smooth, deep red roots and is ready to harvest 50 days after seeding. 55 days
'Red Sangria' beet
'Red Sangria' beet
offers consistently deep purple-red roots that stay smooth and are ready to harvest in 55 days.
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