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Beets: Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris 'Baby Ball'

Botanical name: Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris 'Baby Ball'

Common name: beet

also known as (beetroot, sugar beet, root of scarcity, root beet, mangold, mangel wurzel, fodder beet)

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Beets: Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris 'Baby Ball'
Beets: Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris 'Baby Ball'
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Soil: damp, acidic, sand
Zones: 7a thru 11a

bee attracting, edible

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'Baby Ball' beets are true mini beets and come from Holland where baby beets are a kitchen staple. 'Baby Ball' grows perfectly round and sizes up quickly to produce sweet, tender, petite-sized beets to harvest early, at just 1 to 1-1/2 inches in diameter. Vitamin rich and delicious, the little globes cook up fast and are just the right size for whole pickled beets. Plant again for a fall crop of smooth skinned and uniform pretty babies. Harvest ‘Baby Ball’ at 1 to 1 ½ inches in diameter, or let some mature into full-sized beets. Briefly steam the tender-sweet tops for tasty greens. Freshly picked baby beets will cook very quickly. Just steam, then peel and serve them with a little sweet butter and a sprinkle of chopped parsley or fresh dell leaf. Or try your own pickled baby beets! -- edited by dtd pbcouchman


Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris is native to Europe, North Africa and western Asia.

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