Learn how to grow beets (also known as beetroots) in your backyard vegetable garden with our easy tips.
Learn how to plant, care for, and harvest beets when home vegetable gardening.
In 2003, a man in Britain named Richard Hope achieved the world record for growing the longest beet, which measured over 20 feet long!
The beet plant originally came from the Mediterranean, where it grew as a leafy form, without enlarged roots.
Today, improved types of these early growing beets are grown as Swiss chard.
In 1806, in the United States, only one beet variety was listed.
Now there are numerous varieties available for growing beets at home.
When learning how to grow beets, choose beet seeds that are resistant to downy-mildew.
All types of growing beets can serve both for roots and greens.
If you would rather grow beets for the greens, plant chard or a variety for that use, such as sugar beets.
‘Detroit Dark Red' can be harvested in 63 days.
It has a dark color with a neat globe shape.
‘Early Wonder' is ready for harvesting in 55 days and has a semi-globe shape.
Harvest 'Ruby Queen' in 60 days.
The beet is globe-shaped and colored deep red.
'Mono-King Explorer' can be harvested in 50 days.
This deep red type has a single seed to each seedball.
'Burpee Golden' is ready in 55 days.
This good quality root has an unusual golden-yellow color.
It may average higher in sugar content.
The pigment does not bleed out in cooking, as occurs with growing beets that are red.
Once you have learned how to grow beets in your garden, turn some of your extra beets into delicious Pickled Beets.
By definition, a pickle is a vegetable that has been kept in vinegar, different from chutney, which has been cooked in it.
To pickle beets, boil the vegetable for an hour and a half and then rub off the skins.
(Boiling makes it easier to remove the skin. They will simply slip off instead of having to be peeled.)
To boost flavor, add spices and herbs of your choice.
The most popular choices are adding mustard seeds, black peppercorns, garlic cloves, and celery seeds.
You can begin eating the pickled beets after a week or so but many experts suggest waiting at least 10 weeks.
After growing beets, serving ideas include to serve hot, cooked, sliced beets in an orange sauce or with dollops of sour cream.
Shred raw beets and cook quickly in butter. In some countries, beets are eaten on hamburgers. (Don't knock it until you try it!)
Beets also make a great flavor and color addition to soups such as borscht, and stews.