Beet Seeds - Golden
- Seed Count: 50 Seeds
- Maturity Date: About 55-60 days from planting
- Plant Type: Root Vegetable
- Growth Habit: Upright, leafy green tops with bulbous roots
- Soil Preference: Well-drained, fertile soil with a pH of 6.0-7.0
- Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
- Sowing Instructions: Plant seeds 1/2 inch deep, spaced 2-3 inches apart, in rows 12-18 inches apart
- Culinary Uses: Roots and greens edible; roots are sweet, perfect for roasting, salads, and juicing
History: The Golden Beet, a vibrant and less common variety of the traditional red beet, traces its roots back to 19th century Europe. This variety was developed to offer a sweeter taste and a less staining alternative to its red counterpart. Over time, it has gained popularity among chefs and gardeners for its unique color and milder flavor profile.
Uses: Golden Beets are celebrated for their versatility in the kitchen. The roots have a sweeter and milder flavor compared to red beets, making them ideal for both raw and cooked preparations. They can be roasted to bring out their natural sweetness, shredded into salads for a crisp texture, or juiced for a nutritious drink. The green tops are also edible and can be prepared similarly to spinach or Swiss chard, offering a nutritious addition to meals.
Growth Habit & Planting Instructions: Golden Beets grow best in well-drained, fertile soil with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0. They prefer full sun but can tolerate partial shade. For planting, sow the seeds 1/2 inch deep in the soil, spacing them about 2-3 inches apart, in rows that are 12-18 inches apart. These beets require consistent moisture for even growth, so regular watering is necessary. They are typically ready to harvest in about 55 to 60 days from planting, at which point the roots will have developed a deep golden hue and reached a desirable size. Thinning the seedlings can help ensure that the remaining beets have enough space to grow to their full size.