Specializing in rare and endangered heirloom vegetable, flower and herb seed.

Heirloom/Heritage Beet Seed

(Beta vulgaris)

All of our seed is open pollinated, non-hybrid, non-GMO, untreated, natural heirloom seed.

white heirloom beet

Albino

A nice variety with white flesh. This beet does not stain and is sweet and tender.

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heirloom beet with red and white rings

Bassano (pre 1840)

(aka Chioggia, Candy Stripe Beet) A very old historic beet that was originally called Barbabietola di Bassano and was grown in Italy well before it was known in North America. In 1865 Fearing Burr included it in his book Field and Garden Vegetables of America. He stated that the Bassano beet was "An Italian variety, generally considered the earliest of gardenbeets, being from seven to ten days earlier than the early blood turnip rooted." It is documented as grown at the Red River Settlement in the mid 1800’s under the name Turnip Bassano, referring to its slightly flattened shape like a turnip. Apparently the original Bassano beet was slightly flatter and a duller red than the one that survives today, but otherwise are the same. The Bassano beet is also known as the Candy Stripe beet because of the alternating white and rose colored rings (like a bulls eye). This trait makes it a beautiful slicing beet. They are excellent if slightly steamed or baked and the young beets can be used in salads. A beautiful beet that should be more widely grown!

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heirloom beet with burgundy foliage

Bulls Blood (1840)

Developed in the Netherlands from the old French variety Craupadine. The dark red burgundy foliage is distinct and excellent in salad mixtures or steamed. The roots can be used when young. The foliage is very striking and can be used in edible landscaping.

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Burpee’s Golden (1940’s)

Introduced by the Burpee Seed Company in the 1940’s but similar golden beets reportedly date back to 1828. The tops are very delicious and the roots retain their sweet flavor even when quite large. (55 days)

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Crapaudine

The oldest beet in cultivation, dating back to the time of Charlemagne (about 1000 years ago). Originally from France, Crapaudine Beet was not readily available in North America until the late 1860’s, when James Gregory listed it in his seed catalogue. The Crapaudine Beet has a rough thick dark skin that almost resembles bark, but the red flesh is excellent and known to be one of the most flavorful of beets. Fearing Burr in Field and Garden Vegetables of America(1863) listed it as Barkskinned Beet.

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Crosby Egyptian (1885)

Introduced commercially in 1885 by James J.H. Gregory of Marblehead, Massachusetts but was originally selected by Josiah Crosby who was an Arlington, Massachusetts market gardener. The flattened heart shape roots are smooth and one of the earlier varieties to mature.

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very large heirloom beet with red & white marbled flesh

Deacon Dan

An American heirloom that was once grown by Deacon Dan Burkholder who headed a Mennonite community in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in the early 1800’s. This is a very large beet that retains its sweetness and texture in storage. The flesh is marbled with red and white and is one of the best keeping storage beets. The foliage is green and looks similar to the Lutz Green Leaf beet. EXTREMELY RARE.

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heirloom beet with red flesh

Early Blood Turnip (pre 1774)

A very historic heirloom that is one of the oldest beets still in cultivation. One of the main reasons that it has had such immense popularity is that it was very tolerant of a wide variety of climates. Fearing Burr (Field and Garden Vegetables of America, 1865) stated that "The Early Blood Turnip Beet succeeds well from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico; and in almost every section of the United States is more esteemed, and more generally cultivated for early use, than any other variety." The Early Blood Turnip Beet is said to be one of the parents of the well known Detroit Red Beet. This is an excellent beet with red flesh, often having paler red rings inside. A great all purpose beet. EXTREMELY RARE.

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heirloom beet with dark red flesh

Early Wonder

This old heirloom beet is one of the earliest maturing beets that produce lots of tasty tender greens and tender roots as well. (40-50 days)

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Flat of Egypt (pre 1885)

Introduced prior to 1885, the Flat of Egypt Beet is a quick maturing flat deep red beet with wonderful taste. Extremely Rare.

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heirloom beet with dark red flesh

Lutz Green Leaf

(a.k.a. Winter Keeper) An old variety that was popular with the Amish and Mennonites for generations. The tops are green so they were very popular as a cooked vegetable and the roots are huge and red with excellent storage qualities. The large roots are very sweet and do not get tough or woody even at a very large size. Excellent variety. One of the best.

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Ruby Queen (1956)

Introduced by Northrup King and Company of Minneapolis, MN in 1956 and became an All American Selection winner in 1957. A beautiful beet for canning because it has such a dark interior color free of lighter zones. It also makes a very nice Borscht. (55 days)

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