This sweet Chiogga beet variety has alternating red and white rings running through the roots. Root vegetables have an incredible sweet aroma and excellent taste, the tops are green, soft with pink-striped stems. A perfect way to cook beets involves roasting them whole and slicing them before serving.
The Chiogga heirloom beetroot seeds came from the northern Italian coastal town of Chioggia. The appearance of beets in America occurred in 1865. Presumably, beets originated in the Mediterranean region. Then it spread to Germany and Holland, where it was used for livestock feed. Beets were first used as human food in England.
How to grow Chioggia Beet from seeds:Sowing: Sow Chiogga beet seed directly 4 weeks before the last expected frost in the sun and well-drained soil. To do this, pre-soak them in water for 2 hours. Then, planting depth 1" deep and 1" apart in rows 1-2' apart. Fertilize with compost or organic fertilizer and expect the first shoots to germinate in 5-15 days. Companion plants are beans, onions, or cabbage.; avoid planting them near pole beans.
Growing of Chioggia Beet: Each beet seed contains up to 8 natural seeds. Therefore, it is recommended to thin out the seedlings 3" apart. Weed carefully to avoid damaging the seedlings. Beets love cool weather, and temperatures up to 25F are tolerable for them. You should uproot root if you want to plant the beet next year.
How and When to Harvest Chioggia Beet: For best flavor and tenderness, harvest beets 1"-3" in diameter. Drag the beets and twist the tops about 1 inch up the stem to keep the beets from bleeding. To preserve the unique color of beets, chop whole and slice right before serving. One-third of the haulm can be harvested without damaging the plant.
Chioggia Beet's Seed Saving: Beets are pollinated by the wind, which must be considered when planting plants. Separate it from other chard and beet varieties by at least two miles for genetic purity. Beets must overwinter for seeds to appear. A layer of mulch is enough for wintering, and in cold regions, you need to dig out the roots. Store the dug roots in a cool place in the pitch. In early spring, transplant them into the soil and wait for the seeds to appear. Let them dry on the plant and come off. Store Chioggia beet seeds in a cool, dry place for five years.
FAST FACTS:Latin Name: Beta vulgaris
Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Cool Season
USDА Zones: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Seeds per Ounce: 2,000
Planting Method: Direct Sow
Sunlight: Full Sun
Height: 9 Inches
Color: White, Red