(Beta vulgaris) American heirloom dating back to 1900's & originally grown for its attractive leaves. Attractive, deep-red foliage displaying a dark red root & internal rings with colour & flavour intensifying as it matures. Excellent variety for 'baby beets' and its dark leaves for use in salads. The dark red juice is also widely used as a red food colouring. Selected by Kees Sahin in the Netherlands from the French variety 'Crapaudine' for its darker coloured leaves. 35-65 days.
HISTORY: Beetroot has been cultivated since early Greece & Rome, when white beets shared equal popularity with red. Early beetroot were long & carrot like in appearance with the round beetroot only becoming popular during the late 19th & 20th century.
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