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More Beetroot varieties

Barbabietola di Chioggia

Barabietola di Chioggia or just Chioggia as it is sometimes known is an Italian globe rooted heirloom variety. This variety is grown as a novelty rather than for its flavour. The concentric circles of dark pink & white flesh are striking and quite unique, though people are often disapointed to discover the flesh reverts to white when cooked! Slice on a mandolin and eat raw. Because of its appearence when sliced this variety is sometimes known as bullseye. Young leaves can be eaten raw in salads or cooked as leaf beet.

Boltardy

Probably the most popular globe Beetroot variety. As its name suggests, it has been bred to be bolt resistant. It is also suitable for earlier sowing. Deep red sweet roots that can also be eaten as baby beets. Young leaves can also be added to salads. Stores well.

Cylindra

Long dark red cylindrical roots, a popular variety for slicing into disks. Roots grow 15cm to 20cm long. Sweet flavoured good textured flesh. The leaves are sweeter than other varities, young leaves are great in salads. Immature roots make excellent baby beetroot, mature roots store very well.