Ruby Queen Beet Seeds - (Beta vulgaris)
- Seed Count:
- Approx 150 seeds per pack
- Days to Maturity:
- 40 days for baby leaf tops; 60 days for edible roots
- Days to Germination:
- 5-10 days @ 55-80F
- Plant Spacing:
- Light Preference:
- Full sun
- Soil Requirements:
- Sandy loam
- Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
Ruby Queen Beet
Fine quality, early beet with a smooth, buttery texture and an outstanding flavor. Globe shaped with a smooth skin and even dark red coloring throughout.
Grows well even in poor soils. First-rate for table use and canning. Early producer every year. Excellent color, sweet and tender.
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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This is a great beet. Delicious cooked or sliced fresh on to a salad. It has the perfect amount of sweetness and the leaves are good cooked down as well.
The Master Gardeners at the historic Francis Land House Heirloom Vegetable Garden in Virginia Beach, Virginia are providing feedback on the donated seeds. Our garden consists of 35 raised beds, each four feet by twenty feet. The garden receives full sun all day and is fertilized with a combination of compost and commercial organic fertilizer. : This is a nice beet, very good taste. We planted it in the same bed with Bulls Blood and Detroit Dark Red to compare. It did not seem quite as productive as the other two but otherwise compared favorably with them. It does not have the heavy earthy taste often associated with Detroit Dark Red.