Heirloom Organic Ruby Queen Seeds - 30
Ruby Queen Beet
Fine quality, early beet with a smooth, buttery texture and an outstanding flavor. Globe shaped with a smooth skin and even dark red coloring throughout.
Grows well even in poor soils. First-rate for table use and canning. Early producer every year. Excellent color, sweet and tender.
Both leaf beets and root beets were developed from wild seabeets, along coastal Europe and western Asia. Beet greens—the beet tops—have been eaten and enjoyed for several thousands of years. The Romans particularly liked beet greens and discovered that the roots were tasty as well! The beet gained in popularity in Europe and America during the 1700s. The juice from the beets is used to make the only red food coloring allowed by Swedish law.
While the beets are growing you can pick up to a third of the leaves and use them fresh or cooked. When the beet roots are 2-3" in diameter, it is time to harvest them. Pull or dig them up, and cut off the stems. Leave on a 1-2" of stem if you are going to store the roots.