(60 days) Open-pollinated. This unique selection from a hybrid came about as a happy accident when Fedco first started growing seed crops. We were new to seed saving and missed that we were working with a hybrid, meaning the seed we grew would not be true to type. We ended up with a strain that has two happy variations: about half have light greenish-tan outer skins and light green stems and leaf veins, the remainder medium-rose outer skins, rose stems and leaf veins.
The round roots of both types have the characteristic rose flesh, the ones with the darker skins having darker and more pungent hearts. Both are fine tasting and good looking, with plenty of spiciness, a rich sweet vegetable undertone and no harsh sharpness. Will grow as large as a big beet if given sufficient space. For autumn crops; a good keeper. ①
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