The Brilliance of Beetroot

BeetrootThe beautiful beetroot is not a veg plant to be overlooked when deciding what to grow in your kitchen garden. They are notoriously difficult to grow from seed, but you don’t need to worry about that since we do that bit for you. Thereafter they are relatively undemanding (you just need to make sure you don’t over water them) and they don’t take up much space in the garden. You could grow ten of them in a 1 metre long row, for example. If planting them over the next few weeks, you could expect to be digging them up to eat in early autumn.

Here are a few ways to enjoy your homegrown beetroots in the kitchen…

  1. Beetroot Brownies. Don’t just take our word for it, hop over to River Cottage for the recipe and try them out. They are too good to be missed!
  2. Roasted Beetroot. Simply peel your beetroots, chop them in half or quarters, pop them in a roasting pan with a good glug of olive oil and some sea salt and black pepper. Roast for about 40 mins. They are a fab addition to your Sunday lunch!
  3. Beetroot and Goats Cheese Salad. These two make a great pair! Simply boil your beetroots and then put them in cold water to cool. Slice them thinly and serve with goats cheese, some salad leaves of your choice, a squeeze of lemon and a drizzle of olive oil. Season well and you’ll have a very tasty lunch.

Cylindra BeetrootVarieties to grow:

You might enjoy growing some slightly more unusual varieties of beetroot, too. We’ve got a couple for you to choose from.

The Golden Beetroot will please anyone as you cut them in half to reveal a bright golden heart, and the shape of the Cylindra Beetroot makes a nice change.