Beet Detroit Dark Red - McKenzie Seeds

Beet Detroit Dark Red - McKenzie Seeds

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Detroit Dark Red

Beta vulgaris

  • Heirloom
  • Wonderful earthy flavour
  • 50-60 days to harvest
  • 10 to 12 days to germination 

Detroit Dark Red is the perfect all-purpose beet variety. This medium-early variety produces round, dark red roots. These beets are very enjoyable, growing tender and fine-grained throughout. Ideal for use fresh, canned, pickled and frozen. Tops are great for salads too!

Product Weight: 4.5 grams / approximately 225-240 seeds

Planting Instructions: Sow in rows as early as the ground can be worked. After planting, press down covering with soil firmly. It performs best in full sun and well-drained soil.
Planting Depth: 1.3 cm (1/2")
Plantling Spacing: 8 cm (3")
Row Spacing: 30 cm (12")

Harvesting and Storage

  • Beets can be harvested at any size.
  • Beet greens stay fresh for 5-6 days in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.
  • To store beets, trim the leaves 2 inches from the root. Do not trim the tail. The root bulbs should also be bagged and can be stored in the refrigerator crisper drawer.
  • Most commonly, beets are cooked and frozen to be used throughout the winter months

Preparation Ideas: The skin on beets is easiest removed after beets are roasted, steamed or boiled. Once cool enough to handle, the skin is easily removed with a paper towel.

Freezing Beets

  1. Remove the beet greens from the root bulb and wash the beets to remove any remaining soil. Bring a large pot approximately half full of water to boil
  2. Gently place beets into boiling water and boil for 15 minutes. Additional time may be necessary if beets are larger
  3. Fill the sink with cold water and after 15 minutes of boiling remove one of the beets with a slotted spoon and place it in the cold water and test the skin. The beets are done if the skin slides right off the beet. If this happens remove the rest of the beets and add them to the cold water. If not allow boiling for an additional five minutes.
  4. Remove from the cooling water and peel and chop or shred. Place in freezer bags, remove excess air and freeze to enjoy throughout the cold winter months.


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