Beetroot Melbourne early (Boltardy)
Beetroot Melbourne early (Boltardy) is a red globe shaped and ringless beetroot that is slow to bolt. Produces nice sweet leaves to add to salads. Suited to picking early as baby beets also.
Sow: September to March for year round supply of beets. (Cool Climate)
Spacing: 10 cms apart, I multi sow 3 seed to a hole and water well as they grow. If keeping the water up is difficult, thin to 1 plant. Add Boron to watering can upon planting helps in Tassie soils.
Beets were domesticated in the ancient Middle East, primarily for their greens, and were grown by the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. By the Roman era, it is thought that they were cultivated for their roots as well.
From the Middle Ages, beetroot was used as a treatment for a variety of conditions, especially illnesses relating to digestion and the blood. Bartolomeo Platina recommended taking beetroot with garlic to nullify the effects of “garlic-breath”.
During the middle of the 19th century, wine often was coloured with beetroot juice