Chioggia Beets

$1.50

Brief description:

Chioggia Beets is a beautiful whimsical veggie with a sweet flavor. A celebrated garden annual for centuries for its stunning red and white candy cane-striped roots has a crisp crunch when eaten raw in salads. Slice the roots open to reveal concentric rings of pink and white, and this fun variety adds pop to salads and pizazz to pickles. Chioggia is cool weather and open-pollinated favorite, delivering one of the most unique and prized beets ever. The green leaves are an excellent spinach substitute. Try them pre-blanched and then sauteed for a delicious side dish.

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Chioggia Beets
Days to Full Maturity: 55 Days
Non-GMO – Heirloom – High Germination Rate

Minimum Seed Count: 100

This open-pollinated striking classical Italian heirloom beet has alternating red and white rings running through its roots. Unlike traditional messy red beetroots, Chioggia seeds grow a clean, crisp culinary variety often sliced up for garden salads, garnishes, and pickling. When baked whole and sliced just before serving, this sweet variety retains its unique markings. The roots have an excellent sweet flavor! Tops are green with pink-striped stems and mild. It has approximately 55 days to maturity.

How to grow:

Direct sow Chiogga beet seeds outside 4 weeks before the last expected frost. Soften the seeds by soaking them in water for 2 hours, then plant in full sun and well-drained soil. Sow them 1″ deep and 1″ apart in rows 1-2′ apart. Tamp down the earth above the seeds to ensure good contact with the soil, and germination should take place in 5-15 days. Since each beet “seed” holds up to 8 actual seeds, the seedlings will need to be thinned to 3″ apart. The uprooted plants do well as a second crop, as transplanting them will set them about 2 weeks behind the original plants. Take care not to bruise the seedlings when weeding. They love cool weather and can survive temperatures down to 25F. Add compost or other organic matter for healthy growth. For companion planting benefits, plant beets with bush beans, onions, or members of the cabbage family; avoid planting them near pole beans.

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