This open pollinated beet is a rather new selection from the French variety Crapaudine. Bull’s Blood is the darkest leaved strain of beets available to gardeners and very popular for adding to cutting green mixtures.
Bull`s Blood Beet History
This open pollinated beet is a rather new selection from the French variety Crapaudine. Bull’s Blood is the darkest leaved strain of beets available to gardeners and very popular for adding to cutting green mixtures. Nice sweet roots and leaves. The juice from Bull’s Blood is the only red food coloring allowed under Swedish law. Use leaves beginning at 35 days, root at 55 days.
How To Grow Bull’s Blood Beets
Mix in a 2-inch layer of organic material such as compost or shredded leaves over the soil, if the planting area consists of clay soil. This improves the texture and drainage of the soil. If the location puddles water, then create raised planting beds at least 12 inches tall. Sprinkle the planting site with slow-release balanced fertilizer like 10-10-10 and rake into the top couple of inches of soil. Smooth the surface of the planting area with a rake.
Create trenches 1/2 inch deep with the handle end of a gardening hoe. Make the rows 12 to 18 inches apart. Reduce the spacing of the rows if grown in raised beds or if gardening intensively, space the rows only 6 inches apart. Place the seeds in the trench at about 1 inch apart. Cover the seeds with 1/2 inch of soil. Do not pack down the soil over the top of the seeds. Click here to learn more.
Preserving And Storing Blood Red Beets
The best way to store beets for long term use is by freezing them. To freeze beets, wash and remove stems leaving about 2 inches of the stem to prevent any bleeding.
Next you need to boil the beets for about 20 – 45 minutes depending on the size of the beets. When cooled, slice or cube and place beets in freezer bags or freezer container with a date label. Beets will last in the freezer for 8 – 12 months.
Bull’s Blood Beet Greens Recipe
if you’re still on the fence about beets, I get it. Their earthy flavor can be an acquired taste. But I hope you won’t give up on them just yet. They’re especially sweet in the fall, and a good seasoning only makes them better. To get you started.
Beets are loaded with vitamins and minerals and low in calories and fat. They also contain inorganic nitrates and pigments, both of which have a number of health benefits. Beets contain a high concentration of nitrates, which have a blood pressure-lowering effect. This may lead to a reduced risk of heart attacks, heart failure and stroke. Eating beets may enhance athletic performance by improving oxygen use and time to exhaustion. Beets may have a number of anti-inflammatory effects.
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