Detroit Dark Red (Beets)

Detroit Dark Red (Beets)

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This Heirloom is one of the most popular, old standard, all-purpose red beet; uniform and smooth, with blood red flesh that is sweet and tasty. The round, uniform, smooth roots are about 3" in diameter and store/keep well,and are excellent for fresh eating or canning. On the inside, these organic Detroit dark red beets are blood red in colour, with virtually no zoning. Medium green, 14" tops with tinges of red can be harvested early and used for salad greens. 55 Days.

Detroit Dark Red heirloom beets are vegetables that hail from Ontario, Canada, where a Mr. Reeves of Port Hope developed them from blood turnips. 

First developed by a Mr. Reeves of Port Hope, Ontario, Canada and further selected for improvements by D.M. Ferry & Co., who officially released it in 1892 as Detroit Dark Red.

This globular beet first made its appearance in 1892. However, beets seem to have originated in the Mediterranean region, where people grew them for thousands of years. Later, red beets grew in Germany and Holland, where these vegetables were used as cattle fodder; they were later imported to England for this purpose, but the poor began to raise them for an affordable food source. American colonists later brought red beets to the New World, where they became a commonly enjoyed vegetable both for their roots and their greens.

Direct sow Detroit Dark Red beet seeds outside 4 weeks before the last expected frost. Soften the seeds by soaking them in water for 2 hours, then plant in full sun and well drained soil. Sow them 1" deep and 1" apart in rows 1-2' apart. Tamp down the earth above the seeds to ensure good contact with the soil, and germination should take place in 5-15 days. Add compost or other organic matter for healthy growth. For companion planting benefits, plant Detroit Dark Red beet seeds with bush beans, onions, or members of the cabbage family; avoid planting them near pole beans.

45-50 Seeds per/pkg.