Beetroot Bulls Blood


Beta SPECIES: vulgaris

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Heritage Status: Overseas

Bio-Region of Origin: Hawkes Bay

Number of Seeds: 150

Description: Selected in 1840 by seedsman Kees Sahin in the Netherlands from the French variety Crapaudine for the darkest coloured leaves. The juice from this beet is used to make the only red food colouring allowed by Swedish law. Very sweet, 35 days for edible leaves, 55 days for edible root. The leaves are excellent eaten raw when young or cooked when older. The dark red beetroot is also a top taster.

Planting Instructions: Scatter seed into trays leaving space so they don’t need pricking out, cover with 3mm of seed raising mix. Transplant 4-6 weeks later at 15cm diagonal spacings. To avoid black spots and rotting leaves must be a quality nutritious seed raising mix.