Chioggia Striped Beetroot
We have eaten the leaves of our Beetroot plants so often that I forgot they were beetroots and started thinking they were spinach! We ate the leaves raw as a snack or in salads and cooked in meals like spaghetti bolognaise. Today I peered a little closer and saw the Beetroot peeking out of the soil. They did not look like the base of my spinach plants. Luckily the plants are labelled and sure enough they were called Chioggia Striped beetroot. Oops! Just in time for dinner….
The seeds were planted at the end of March and harvested just over four months later. They were a similar size to a tennis ball. (I probably should have picked them earlier!)
On the outside they look like the usual Beetroot colour, but when sliced open at first they were a cream colour. I was surprised when I cut again at the beautiful rings of red that showed.