BEET

(15 varieties to choose from)

 

Plant seed about 1 inch deep as early as the soil can be worked in the Spring.  Thin to one plant every 4 inches to get good sized uniform roots.  Any variety listed below may be used as beet greens for cooking.  Packet will contain approximately 400 - 500 seeds.

 

3 Root Grex - 60 days - An interbreeding mix developed by Alan Kapuler. Alan has produced some of the most interesting material over the past years. His breeding work has added many fantastic varieties to the worlds food supply and this is one of them.   A most impressive mix of colors from pinkish red, bright yellow to a unique orange.  Beets can get large and remain tasty from the mangel beet in the heritage. This is the variety I like to start people who have not  eaten beets before  out on. It is mild and not as  earthy tasting as some of the  others. Pkt. $2.75  Certified Organic Seed

 

Boltardy - 60 days - Developed in Holland for bolt resistance to withstand cold spring stress.   Nice uniform red beets. Pkt. $1.75

 

Bulls Blood - 60 days - A selection from an old French variety.  Deep red roots, deep red foliage as well.  Makes a superb red food coloring. Foliage is an excellent border plant or colorful addition to the garden.  Pkt. $2.00

Burpee Golden- 60 days- Delicious and colorful.  Bright orange globes. This has always been one of my favorite beets, very mild and not earthy flavored. I was so proud of my first crop when I was 8 and entered some  in the county fair.  The judge disqualified them and said they were carrots. We have come a long way since 1969 when  now you can see them in the grocery stores year around with a hefty price tag.   Pkt. $3.00  Certified Organic Seed

Chioggia- 60 days- Beautiful, red with white internal rings. This one does well in summer heat and still does not get woody. Gorgeous addition to a gourmet food plate withe color spectrum.   Pkt. $2.00

 

Colossal Red Mangel- 90 days- A very good stock beet that can attain a fair size.  Our livestock  and chickens love them.  They can also be eaten for table use when in the small stage.  (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2019)

Crosby Egyptian- 55 days- Flattened, heart shaped roots.  From 1869, this is an old one but a reliable cropper. Green tops.  Pkt. $1.25

 

Cylindra- 60 days- Long beet with small reddish-green tops.  Excellent for slicing. Even in my soft sandy soil this one tends to grow a bit above the soil line. making it a target for voracious voles as the season closes.  Pkt. $1.25

 

Detroit Dark Red - 55 days - Developed about 1892, standard by which other beets are judged.  Uniform and holds well. Deep red and not overly prolific with foliage. Pkt. $1.25

 

Egyptian Blood Turnip - 50 days.  Early, flattened shaped roots. Beet purple red in color. Very old variety. Beets do have distinctly different flat look. Pkt. $2.00

 

Early Wonder- 55 days- Very early, excellent for canning, pickling and fresh use. This one always produces some taller tops so is good for greens as well.  Pkt. $1.25

 

Lutz- 75 days- The traditional, old style, winter keeper beet.  Foliage is pale green and rather tall.  Beets are slow to bulb up, but are very solid.  Roots can get huge and still remain edible.  While this is a worthy beet, what we are selling is not the true Lutz.  We exhausted our Sand Hill produced Lutz seed and everything we purchase is not the “true” Lutz.   Pkt. $1.50

 

Ruby Queen- 60 days- Smooth, medium size, dark red, fairly large greenish tops.  An All American Selections winner in 1957.  Pkt. $1.50

 

Sugar - 85 days - Large long white roots.  Used for stock feed and fresh eating.  Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed 

 

White Detroit - 65 days - Relatively new introduction where the beets are white, less bleeding and staining but same earthy flavor. Tops are lighter green in color.  Pkt. $2.50

 

Beet Mix - Mix of all the types we sell.  For the small size gardener who wants to try them all, but doesn’t have the space.  Pkt. $2.25

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Sand Hill Preservation Center

Heirloom Seeds & Poultry

1878 230th Street

Calamus, IA 52729

563-246-2299

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