250 Seeds per pack
(a.k.a. Bull’s Eye or Candystripe) (Beta vulgaris) 50-60 days. Chioggia Beet is an Italian heirloom first introduced in the late 1840s. The Chioggia Beet (Pronounced “key oh juh”), is named after the city Chioggia near Venice. The surrounding region, known as the Veneto is famed for it’s vegetable production. This beet is a very attractive variety with it’s red and white bull’s eye pattern, which turn’s to all pink when cooked(although it will retain its markings if baked whole and sliced just before serving), it is most commonly enjoyed raw. Chioggia has mild flavored roots and smooth delicious tops making this a favorite among cooks. Matures early and also requires less cooking time than other beets, two distinguishing features of this popular beet. Does not bleed and stain! Nice for cooking and pickling.
Planting Instructions for Chioggia Beet Seeds
Heirloom / Open Pollinated Beets are usually direct seeded. Plant heirloom beet seeds in full sun, when the soil has warmed in Spring, ½” deep, 1″ apart, in rows 12-16″ apart. Germination occurs in 5-17 days in soil 55-70°F. When the beets start to come up, thin to 3-4″. Keep well watered, especially during root development. Harvest beet greens when they are young for the best flavor. Harvest beet root when 1-3″ across. Heirloom beets keep for a long time when stored in moist sand.