Chioggia Pink Beets
Beets are usually thought of as a winter vegetables but work well as a summer crop provided you plant the seeds in full sun or partial shade and keep the soil moist. The plants usually reach maturity after 60 days when they are close to 3 inches in size (they tend to be tough and fibrous if they grow larger). When harvesting, don’t discard the beet greens which are delicious sautéed, steamed or in salads. The health benefits are also exceptional; beets are a tonic for the liver, help purify the blood and provide the body with essential vitamins and minerals.