All Things Gardening forum: Long skinny beets

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Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
May 23, 2012 9:43 AM CST
Mom wants to grow skinny beets this year....she's tired of how long the round ones stake to cook.

Any recommendations and sources?
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
May 23, 2012 10:24 AM CST
Stokes has some
http://www.stokeseeds.com/category.aspx?CategoryID=24

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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
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Horseshoe
May 23, 2012 3:06 PM CST
Lee Anne...even the "skinny beets" will take about 55 days to mature ("cylindra" comes to mind). There are earlier maturing varieties though that are the round ones...Red Ace is a good one and has great greens as well. Ruby Queen is fairly early, too.

I wonder if your mom has been growing only sugar beets, which take nearly 100 days to mature and that's why her disappointment?

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Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
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threegardeners
May 23, 2012 3:54 PM CST
Confused Rolling on the floor laughing that was "how long they take to cook" shoe...as in on the stove/in the oven Big Grin Whistling
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Horseshoe
May 23, 2012 4:15 PM CST
.Heheheh...tells ya where MY mind is, eh!? (I LOVE those little laffing icons by the way!)
Too funny!

As for cooking I tend to bake mine by the panloads and walk away while they're cooking. I suppose I could slice 'em thin so they boil faster but I don't care for boiled beets anymore.

Okay, okay...I should grow some skinny beets and cook them as if I was cooking for your Ma~! :>)

Shoe (now returning ya'll to your regularly scheduled program.) :>)

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