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Beta Vulgaris flavescens, Beet Leaf, Chard - Bulls Blood, Organic

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Bulls Blood has deep burgundy leaves and a pleasant mild flavour, that will brighten up any salad. Leaf colour intensifies in autumn and with cool nights.

A very easily grown plant, it succeeds in sun or light shade in moist soils but prefers a rich well-drained light neutral to alkaline soil. Beets grow well in a variety of soils, growing best in a deep, friable well-drained soil abundant with organic matter, but doing poorly on clay. They prefer an open position and a light well-drained soil.

A good companion for dwarf beans, onions and kohl rabi. Its growth is inhibited by runner beans, charlock and field mustard.

Although little used in modern herbalism, beet has a long history of folk use, especially in the treatment of tumours.

Edible uses

Leaves - raw or cooked like spinach. A very good spinach substitute, the leaves are large and easily harvested, yields are high. Some people dislike the raw leaves since they can leave an unpleasant taste in the mouth.

Leaf stems - cooked. The steamed stems retain their crispness and have a delicious flavour, they are considered to be a gourmet vegetable.

Flowering stem - cooked. A broccoli substitute.

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