Depending when you planted your beetroots, they might be ready to harvest by now. But how can you tell? Well, in most cases the beetroot is fairly visible on the surface of the soil. It’s best to harvest your beetroot at any point between the beetroot reaching golf ball size and tennis ball size. This is when it is at its most flavoursome.
When you do harvest your beetroot, don’t just pull it at the leaves…use a hand fork to gently lever it up at the same time. If the ground is particularly dry and hard it’s good idea to water the day before, just to make harvesting a little easier.
Once harvested, don’t wash the beetroots until you’re ready to eat them. Store them in a cool, dark place and they will keep quite well for a week. Don’t forget that the leaves are edible too and can be used in much the same way as spinach or chard.