Organic Beet Detroit Dark Red, Seed Tape - McKenzie Seeds
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- Incredibly sweet taste for beets.
- 10 to 12 days to germination.
- 50 to 60 days to maturity.
- Plant near bush beans, cabbage, lettuce, or kohlrabi but away from pole beans.
The perfect all purpose variety. Medium early variety. Dark red round roots that are sweet, tender and fine-grained throughout. Ideal for use fresh, canned, pickled and frozen. Tops are great for salads too! Beets grow quickly and can be re-sown every 2 weeks until mid-summer.
Please Note: Seed tapes require consistent moisture to ensure the best germination.
4.5 meters (15') - with 100 plus seeds
Planting Instructions: Sow outdoors in early spring as soon as soil can be worked. Successive plantings of the same or different varieties will provide a wonderful harvest of young beets, beet greens and mature beets for an extended period of time.
Plant in full sun. Work soil well before planting to remove clumps and stones that can inhibit root formation.
Sow seeds 13 mm (1/2″) deep and 2.5 cm (1″) apart. Rows should be spaced 30 cm (12″) apart. When seedlings are approximately 5 cm (2”) tall, thin the seedlings to 8 cm (3″) apart to grow uniformly sized beets. Crowding keeps roots small.
Seeds germinate in approximately 10-12 days.
Harvesting young beet greens is an excellent way to thin throughout the row. Pick the entire plant when leaves are 10-15 cm (4-6”) tall and as you work your way through the row you will thin the plants and also enjoy a wonderful harvest of young greens and superb tasting baby beets!
Beet greens make for a very healthy and tasty dish! Enjoy them in a salad or steam the greens and serve with butter.
Baby beets cooked with butter wrapped in aluminum foil and cooked on the barbeque tastes superb.
Harvesting and Storage
- Beets can be harvested of 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.
- 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
- Gently place beets into boiling water and boil for 15 minutes. Additional time may be necessary if beets are larger
- Fill the sink with cold water and after 15 minutes of boiling remove one of the beets with a slotted spoon 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.
- 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.
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.
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!
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.