Burpee's Golden Beet
Burpee's Golden Beet
55 days — 'Burpee's Golden' dual purpose beet variety. The roots are sweet, a dark golden color with deep yellow flesh, and are excellent pickled, boiled, steamed, stir fried, or grated raw into salads. They retain their sweetness very well. The flesh does not bleed like red beets making them a lot less messy to eat. The immature leaves are an attractive green color with yellow stems and can be used raw in salads. More mature tops have a mild flavor when cooked as greens or sautéed.
The history on this variety are a bit sketchy but as we discover documentation, we will include it here. Some seed sellers are incorrectly crediting Burpee with releasing their 'Golden' beet in 1828. This is obviously wrong since W. Atlee Burpee was not even born until 1858. What we do know is that golden colored beets have been around since the 1820s. Burpee's is similar to, and possibly a synonym of 'Golden Detroit'. It was released by the Burpee Seed Company in 1970. Each packet contains four grams, which is approximately 200 seeds.
Firm the soil over the seeds and keep moist, making sure that the young roots do not dry out, until seedlings appear. When plants are 1½ to 3-inches tall, thin to three inches apart. The “thinnings” can be eaten as “baby greens.” Water weekly (or as required) in dry weather. Control weeds. Although the name or description of this variety refers to a modern company's name, the seed we are offering is in no way sourced from, "owned by" or connected with that company. The name is simply the historically accurate, common name for the variety giving credit to the seedsmen that originally released it. Informational References:
- "Vegetable Cultivar Descriptions for North America," Beet, Lists 1-26 Combined, Edited by Irwin Goldman, Department of Horticulture, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.
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