Detroit Dark Red Beet

Beta vulgaris

$4.45

100 seeds
VALUE SIZE: 1/3 oz (approx 500 seeds)
Certified Organic
60 days. Erica first came across the Detroit Dark Red beet in 1997 as a farm apprentice in Santa Cruz, CA and thought, "why is this beet named after Detroit?" A Michigan native herself, Erica could not believe this sweet beet hailed from the Motor City. Apparently, it's relatively unknown that around the turn of the 20th century Detroit was a leading hub of vegetable seed activity. The Detroit Dark Red beet was first introduced in 1892 by D.M. Ferry seed company of Detroit. Since then, it has set the standard for red beets. Detroit Dark Red is nearly globe shaped and displays a striking, deep red color. 2.5-3" diameter roots. Stores well. These sweet beets are great raw, cooked, pickled, grated or juiced. Greens are edible—eat them just like you would chard! HM

For early beets, you can start seeds indoors 3/15 (at 80°). Once leaves appear, grow plants at 72°. Transplant outside 5/1 (3” apart in rows 12” apart). Or, sow beet seeds outside anytime 5/15 – 8/1. Sow seeds ½” deep, 1.5” apart in rows 12” apart. Keep seeds consistently moist until germination. Days to germination: 5-7. Try interplanting radish seeds with beets which will be ready much earlier than the beets. Rocks and clods in soil will cause beets to be disfigured. Keep beets moist and well weeded. Beets will have the best flavor and texture when grown in cooler weather.