When to harvest Beetroot

by Susana
(Wollongong, NSW, Australia)

We may have left our beetroots in the ground for too long. One has a few nodules on the root. How long can we leave beetroots in the ground?

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Susana,

Beetroot can be harvested anytime during the growing season, including leaving the beetroot in the ground until the first frosts.

However, having said that, you can leave beetroot too long in the ground which results in beetroot to then become woody and dry.

The best size is about 50 days after planting the seed when the roots are about 2 inches in diameter. A full sized beetroot is 3 inches in diameter, but it is better to eat them before they get to this size.

Anything after that and they become fibrous and thereafter woody and even bitter.

Kathryn
Countryfarm Lifestyles

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Aug 13, 2013
Using Beetroot and Spinach Leaves
by: Angie

I have both beetroots and spinach in my garden. Occasionally I cook both beetroot leaves and spinach together and they taste very good. Try that if you can.

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Thanks for that Angie!

There is a lot of goodness in both beetroot and spinach leaves. I like eating both of these as young leaves in salads, so it would make perfect sense cooking them together too.

Regards
Kathryn
Countryfarm Lifestyles


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