From the Center for New Crops and Plant Products
by Magness et al
Table beet, Ramolacha
Chenopodiaceae, Beta vulgaris L.
Beets are grown primarly for the enlarged bulbous root which forms with
the top of the enlarged root near or somewhat above the soil surface.
plant is normally a biennial, producing a rosette of leaves and the
bulbous root one year, and a seed stalk the following year.
Except for seed production, however, it is grown from seed as an annual.
are usually harvested for fresh market or processing when the near
globular or oblate enlarged root is not more than 2 inches in diameter.
At that stage the root is tender, but becomes harder and tougher with
The beet develops best under cool conditions, so may be grown in winter in the far South, or in summer in the North.
Season, seeding to harvest: 2 to 3 months.
Production in the U.S.: Fresh market 16,000 tons. Processing 190,000 tons.
Last update February 18, 1999 by ch