Friday, 9 April 2010

Heirloom Beets - Two Favourites!

You can't beat Beets!
Beet "Chioggia", also called the "Bulls Eye beet" for obvious reasons is an Italian heirloom dating back to the 1840's. The Chioggia Beet has a mild flavour and it's solid green tops have a smooth, delicious taste. This beet is particularly best harvested young and they may make a nice baby vegetable because the tops are also best young, especially when used in salad mixes. I like the fact that Chioggia matures early and requires less cooking time then most other beets. It's origins are from Chioggia, an Italian coastal town.
Days to Maturity: 55-65 days

Beet "Early Wonder" - Also an heirloom that can be grown in containers. I really like that!
The greens are tasty and abundant, and every bit as good as chard or spinach, and of course, just as nutritious. These roots are flavourful and produce earlier which makes it a great choice for a small garden!
Days to Maturity: 48

Beets, (beta vulgaris), are a member of the chard family. Chard is really grown just for its leaves, and beets are more well known for their edible roots. Some people aren't aware that every bit of a beet plant is edible! These wonderful heirlooms are becoming very popular at market gardens, and are prized in salads and other dishes with many chefs!
Happy Gardening!


gippslandgardener said...

This is a timely post for me Karen! I've been thinking of giving beets a go and it's good to hear that some can be grown in containers (I'm a while off having a fully fledged vege garden) Cheers, Heidi.

KarenSloan-WallFlowerStudio said...

Heidi, thanks! So happy to have posted this and that it was timely! Yes, I love anything that can be grown in containers. I remember what urban gardening was like and the lack of space I had. It's nice to have the option with versatile veggies like this. Wishing you much success!