Detroit Dark Red Beets
Detroit Dark Red: the standard for beets, originally developed in 1892 from “Early Blood Turnip Beet.” Excellent choice as a main crop canner, reliable yields of 3″ round, blood red, roots.
Detroit Dark Red Beet History
Detroit Dark Red beets are vegetables that hail from Ontario, Canada, where a Mr. Reeves developed them from blood turnips. This globular beet first made its appearance in 1892. However, beets seem to have originated in the Mediterrenean region, where people grew them for thousands of years. American colonists later brought red beets to the New World, where they became a commonly enjoyed vegetable both for their roots and their greens.
Detroit Dark Red Beet Planting Instructions
Beets should be planted from seed, directly into the garden. Each beet seed is actually a hard little cluster of 2 to 4 seeds. It takes several days or even a week for the outer seed coat to soften and allow the seeds inside to germinate. It’s important to keep the soil consistently moist during this period. Once the seeds have germinated, you will need to thin out (and eat!) some of the extra seedlings. Ideally you’ll wind up with about 9 plants per square foot. Like most vegetables, beets prefer growing in full sun and they like to get about 1″ of water each week. Beets are cold tolerant, so they can be planted in early spring, several weeks before the last frost date. To keep the soil consistently moist during germination, cover the area with row cover until the seedlings break the soil surface.
Preserving And Storing Beets For Long Term Use
Store the best roots. Gently rub soil from the roots before storing them. Don’t wash roots before you store them; if you do, be sure to dry them thoroughly. Store beets in a cold moist place as near to freezing as possible without actual freezing, 32°-40°F (0°-4°C) and 95 percent relative humidity. Store beets in the refrigerator placed in a perforated plastic bag in the vegetable crisper drawer.
Beets will keep in the refrigerator for 1 to 3 months. If there is no room in the refrigerator, beets can also be packed in a container—a bucket or plastic storage box or cooler–in moist sand, peat moss, or sawdust. Don’t pack roots too tightly; if the roots touch they can start to rot; be sure to leave 2 inches (5 cm) of insulating material around at the top, bottom, and sides of the stored roots. Set the lid loosely so that there is good air circulation and place the container in a cold place such as a basement, garage, or shed. Check roots in storage often and remove any that show signs of deterioration. Click here to learn more about storing your beets.
Cooking With Dark Red Beets
This Balsamic Roasted Beets recipe is my favorite way to prepare fresh beets. Roasting brings out their natural sweetness, which is enhanced by a drizzle honey and balsamic vinegar! Roasting beets also give them the best texture (not mushy like boiled beets). I’m a sucker for roasted vegetables, if you are too, you’ll love this.
Detroit Dark Red Beet Nutritional Facts
Detroit Dark Red Beets are packed with essential nutrients. Beetroots are a great source of fiber, folate (vitamin B9), manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C. Beetroots and beetroot juice have been associated with numerous health benefits, including improved blood flow, lower blood pressure, and increased exercise performance.
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