Lila das Gupta  Allotments 290610 29/06/10 29/06/2010 29062010 29 June 2010 Photographer Paul Debois Summer Practical Step by Step edible grow to eat vegetable Beetroot Tonda di Chioggia

Fact file: beetroot

Discover fascinating beetroot facts and get advice on growing, harvesting and storing this delicious crop.


Home-grown beetroot is delicious, whether as baby beet or larger roots. It’s an easy crop to grow, bearing globe-shaped roots that can be used in salads, stews and pickles. Both the roots and the leaves can be eaten – to harvest the leaves simply pick them young and use as a colourful addition to salads, or use the mature leaves as spinach when you harvest the roots.

For further advice, take a look at our start-to-finish guide to growing beetroot.

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