Good enough to eat

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

BEET­ROOT har­vest­ing usu­ally runs from early summer to mid-au­tumn, although it can be har­vested at any stage of growth, de­pend­ing on the size of the beets re­quired.

To store beet­root, place it in a wooden box laid in a bed of loose straw or sand and cover it with straw or sand.

The box should be placed in a cool, dry, frost-free area such as a garage.

The length of time it can be stored will de­pend on the type and also the con­di­tions within the store, but gen­er­ally it should sur­vive for a few months in rea­son­able shape.

Although the round beet is the most com­mon to grow, other shapes such as oval, flat and ob­long are also avail­able.

And while red is the most pop­u­lar colour, there are also golden va­ri­eties such as ‘Burpee’s Golden’ and white ones.

The leaves are also ed­i­ble, tast­ing sim­i­lar to spinach.

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