|Large red beets surprise gardener||| Print ||
|Written by By BILL RYAN Sentinel Garden Editor|
|Thursday, 30 July 2009 08:55|
Bud Henschen and his wife, Martha, are established gardeners. They enjoy growing much of their own produce.
According to Illinois Extension Web site listing on beets, "Beets enlarge rapidly to 3 inches with adequate moisture and space. With most varieties, beets larger than 3 inches may become tough and fibrous.
Others have also indicated larger beets tend to grow a tough woody center.
While Henschen has not cut into his largest beet, he says the other large ones do not follow that rule.
"These beets taste good, they are not woody at all," he says. "They are very tasty."
He says some people suggest the beets may be sugar beets, but they are not.
Other items in his garden are growing about as expected this years. The family has already harvested and roasted the fresh corn. They also have picked the beans and lettuce and will son be getting their cucumbers and muskmelons.
"We're trying our hands at potatoes this year," Henschen stated. "We've always had a garden, sometimes the weeds get ahead of us but this year' we've been able to stay ahead of them."
He is not sure of what the record for the largest beet is, but vows, "That's got to be close to it."
Experts generally agree to avoid large beets which have a hairy taproot. All those tiny roots, or hairs, are an indication of age and toughness. Smaller beets will be sweeter and more tender.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2009 10:21|