This is the beet for beet lovers - sweet and tender flavor, fine grained, long, smooth and cylindrical. The 6-8" long by 1 1/2 -2 " diameter dark red beets are excellent for slicing. Also known as Formanova and Butter Slicer.
Introduced in 1892 from Denmark with a higher productivity than regular beets, as they don't take up as much room in the garden. Grows almost entirely underground with edible small reddish-green tops. Very popular with home gardeners and market growers for production and unique shape, backed up by it's wonderful sweet flavor.
Both leaf beets and root beets were developed from wild seabeets, along coastal Europe and western Asia. Beet greens—the beet tops—have been eaten and enjoyed for several thousands of years. The Romans particularly liked beet greens and discovered that the roots were tasty as well! The beet gained in popularity in Europe and America during the 1700s. The juice from the beets is used to make the only red food coloring allowed by Swedish law.
While the beets are growing you can pick up to a third of the leaves and use them fresh or cooked. When the beet roots are 2-3" in diameter, it is time to harvest them. Pull or dig them up, and cut off the stems. Leave on a 1-2" of stem if you are going to store the roots.
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