Sugar Beets - Knowledgebase Question

Mt. Sterling, OH
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Question by sugar0
April 18, 2000
Does the term "sugar beet" include all beets or is it a seperate variety? Who has these "suar beet" seeds?


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Answer from NGA
April 18, 2000
Sugar beets are grown commercially and used to produce beet sugar. Seed would be available through a farm seed supplier, but it is not practical to grow sugar beets to produce your own sugar -- the equipment is too specialized for home use. In the garden, we grow "garden beets" or "red beets" (and sometimes specialty beets that come in yellow or white or stripes) but these are a different type of beet meant for table eating.

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