Magazine article Sunset

Inner Beauties: Hard to Find but Easy to Grow, Chioggia Beets Dress Up Any Plate

Magazine article Sunset

Inner Beauties: Hard to Find but Easy to Grow, Chioggia Beets Dress Up Any Plate

Article excerpt

GROW

On the outside, a Chioggia (kee-oh-jah) looks like any common beet. But slicing it crosswise reveals a gorgeous red-and-white bull's-eye. This heirloom variety dates back to the mid--1800s and has a sweet, mild flavor that makes it extra versatile. Order seeds from Seed Savers Exchange (seedsavers.org).

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Plant

SOW seeds in rich, welt-draining soil in full sun. Space seeds about an inch apart, and cover with 1/4 inch of compost. if growing in pots, choose a container that's at least 8 inches deep and wide, and fill with fresh potting soil.

Care

KEEP soil moist. but riot: soggy, and feed beets lightly with an organic fertilizer when tops are a few inches tall.

Harvest

PULL up beets when the tops of the roots are i to 3 inches across, usually about so to Go days after planting. Store beets in the vegetable drawer for up to 2 weeks. Peel before using raw or after roasting.

EAT

Compared with red beets, Chioggias don't bleed much color, so they're ideal for mixing in salads. …

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