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Crosby Egyptian Beet
'Crosby Egyptian' beets.
Crosby Egyptian Beet
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Crosby Egyptian

60 days — One of the largest early varieties that will keep shape until fall.  Tops can reach sixteen inches.  Roots are uniform shape, smooth skinned, and flattened heart shaped.

"Egyptian" beet varieties were developed in Germany in the 1860s.[1]  The "Crosby" strain originated from the efforts of Josiah Crosby, an Arlington, Massachusetts market gardener who selected to retain the earliness, increase the depth, and remove the roughness of 'Flat Egyptian.' It was introduced commercially in 1885 by James J. H. Gregory of Marblehead, Massachusetts.[2] Each packet contains four grams, which is approximately 200 seeds.

  1. "The Heirloom Gardener", Carolyn Jabs, Sierra Club Books, 1984
  2. "Descriptions of Types of Principal American Varieties of Red Garden Beets", USDA Miscellaneous Publication No. 374, April 1940
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The Tiny Farm
I first tried these beets as one of my New Items in 2013 and now wouldn't be without them. The root is good, a nice firm colorful beet for using fresh in salads, steaming or preserving. But the star quality of this plant is really to be found in the greens. They are exceptional. From the tiniest new leaves to the big floppy older ones they have a taste and texture that is unique and pleasing. They work well steamed alone or in combination with chards and kales. Try them! Easy to grow, and delightful to eat.
Reviewed by: Robyn Hayes from Willamina. on 6/21/2014
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