Bull's blood beetroot
Beta vulgaris var crassa
Appox. 200 seeds per packet
An old variety that dates back to before 1900, the beautiful bull's blood beetroot brings everything alive. There are just so many wonderful things to say about this plant – we could talk about the striking good looks (metallic, burgundy leaves give a great contrast to your winter greens), or the sweet tasty leaves (that you can eat as microgreens), or the tasty candy-striped root. One might even mention how great it is as a natural food colourant. But all of this just really means one thing – you need this in your garden!
Soak your seeds overnight before sowing directly where you want them to grow, as they transplant badly. Full sun to partial shade. Keep them moist and pick those beautiful outer leaves for salads or steaming.
Days to germination:10-15
Days to harvest: Microgreens at 18 days, baby leaf from 30 days, roots from 60 days