How to Harvest Beetroots

You can’t “hurt” beetroots or it would bleed.  Thus, you have to be careful in harvesting this beautifully-colored root vegetable.

So how should you harvest beetroots if it cannot be harvested like any other root crop?

Before you do anything else, determine first if it is the right time to pick them.  They might still be too young to be harvested.  But since the roots grow under the soil, how would you it’s time to pick?

The best way to check is to do a trial.  Try pulling one of the bulbs nine to ten weeks after sowing the seeds.  If it looks like the size of a golf ball, it’s time to harvest the rest.

When harvesting, remember not to damage the roots. Loosen the soil with a fork around the root. Firmly grasp the stalks near the crown of the root and gently pull it out of the soil, scratching the dirt away with a trowel as you do so.

Globe varieties usually take around 10 weeks before they are ready for picking.  Cylindrical cultivars take longer – around four months.  Do not wait long enough to make the roots too large.  The older they get, the tougher and fibrous they become.

If you are harvesting beet greens, they are best picked when they are approximately four to six inches in height.  Make sure to leave a few inches of shoots from the top of the root to prevent it from bleeding.

Take note that excessive removal of the greens will inhibit the roots from developing a good size.  The flavor of beetroots varies and is dependent on the season.  They taste best when harvested in late spring and in late fall.

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