~ BEETROOT Seed ~
Beetroot are easy to grow and take about 90 days to mature:
'Albino' White Beetroot
Although white beetroot have been known since at least Roman times, this is an improved modern variety for home gardens, and dual-purpose - the succulent green leaves have been bred for use as leaf beet or chard. We often pick the beet in the morning, cook the leaves at lunch, & eat the root for dinner.
White beetroot. Leaves also particularly good to eat
Order BtWH - 200 seed £2.28
Large conical roots, with intense red flesh, very juicy and sweet. This special strain from Italy is the most productive red beetroot we have found. Tender even when huge - lots of people have written in to say how much they like it.
Very large conical roots. Tender, no woodiness. Deep red.
Order BtSA - 200 seed £2.17
‘Touchstone Gold’ Yellow Beetroot
However, all that has changed. We have finally found a new one really worth growing!
Touchstone Gold has been rebred from old seed stocks by our friends at Wild Garden Seeds, and they have done a great job - coming up with a really vigorous, quick-growing yellow beet that makes round, bright yellow roots. It is tender and very sweet.
Although it is of course very nice cooked and sliced, that's not all you can do with beetroot. Here we have also made a raw grated beet and carrot salad, served with pasta & fresh basil pesto , chadwick cherry tomatoes, and garnished with edible borage flowers. (You'll find all the ingredients in the catalogue apart from the pasta) The Touchstone Gold is the yellow in the middle - what a great colour:
Beautiful & very productive new yellow beetroot. Edible leaves.
Saving your own Beetroot Seed:
Beetroot seed is fairly easy, provided you don't have
any chard or leaf beet flowering nearby.
Beetroot flower in their second year, so you need to
either leave them in the ground overwinter,
Make sure you choose ones that are true-to-type: right colour, shape & size.
If your area has cold winters, store them in sand or
sawdust in a cool but frost-free place, and plant out in spring.
You can plant them outside, but you will get much more seed if you plant them in a polytunel.
The next summer they will flower (to about 5 foot high!).
They will probably need staking so that they don't fall over.
Your seed will be ready in late summer. Just rub
the seed off when it is mostly brown.
Above you can see a good trick with beetroot or chard
seed. Our rubber door mat has holes in it.
To clean the seed free from dust and debris, see our Winnowing Instructions in the Seedsaving table on the left.
Basic seed-saving instructions are included with your seeds, so you can do this yourself.
There are more detailed home-seed saving guides (printable) over to the left of this page,
in the box titled 'SeedSaving', with sheets on drying and storing your seed too.
And of course, seed-saving is only possible because these are all real, non-hybrid varieties.