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Harvesting - Beets





Fast Facts




Planting to Harvest About 45 to 65 days
Average Yield About 15 pounds per 10 feet of row
Recommended planting for a family of five 50 ft
Recommended Uses Boil, stir-fry/saute, braise/stew, bake, pressure cook, or microwave


Additional Information



Harvest Recommendations

Harvest greens anytime after plant is about 6" tall or as plants are thinned. Greens are most tender before the root enlarges. Young plants can be used whole and cooked as greens.

Watch for doubles when thinning beets and carefully thin out all but one beet per cluster. Thin plants 3" to 6" apart and eat thinnings as greens.

For optimum flavor, harvest beet roots when young - between 1 1/2" and 3" in diameter. Over-mature beets lose tenderness and sweetness and become tough and stringy.

Storage and Preservation Methods

Common storage (at low temperatures 32 to 40F and high humidity -- relative humidity greater than 90%) Frozen, canned, pickled

 





Beets

Tips

Beets are tender and very sweet if harvested when small and can be eaten raw like carrots.

 

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