Red Mammoth Fodder Beet
'Red Mammoth' fodder beet.

Red Mammoth Fodder Beet

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Fodder Beet
Beta vulgaris

95 to 120 days — Fodder beets, also known as field beets, mangold, mangold wurzel, mangel beets, and mangel-wurzel, have all but disappeared from modern agriculture, especially home gardening. They once held an important place in a typical farm plan, as they were a crop that was left to reach maturity, then carefully lifted from the ground, and stored in a cool dry location to be used later as avaluable winter feed for livestock and poultry.

And like many old-time animal feed-crops, fodder beets often found their way to their sower's table, particularly at a younger age when the roots and leaves are quite suitable for this purpose. The roots can be boiled and mashed like potatoes, or diced and stewed in sweet curries. The leaves can be lightly steamed or boiled as vegetable greens.

As described above, 'Red Mammoth' fodder beets store well and reach a very large size. The oval to spindle-shaped roots can reach twenty to twenty-five pounds each. They have a dull red color skin with white flesh and provide an excellent amount of food value per acre. Each packet contains four grams, which is approximately 300 seeds.
Good Fodder Beet
I planted these for poultry fodder. I was a little disappointed that mine didn't get very big but I just threw them in the back of the garden with no fertilizer or water other than rain. Considering that they did quite well. I pulled a couple up and the hens seemed to like them. I will be growing these again.

VSC NOTES: These fodder beets do require a very long time to reach large sizes and they do benefit from rich soil and a bit of attention. Instead to lifting them from the garden in August, I would let them reach maturity and use them as winter fodder for your hens when other produce has become more scarce. I suspect that you will be happy with their size in a couple of months! Hope that this helps. ~Mike
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from New Hampshire. on 8/17/2015
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Wonderful Beet
I planted these last spring and was amazed at the size In November. I pulled up a bunch of giant beets most measuring almost a foot long and weighing in at least twenty pounds each. Soon as the weather breaks I plan on setting the biggest back out for seed.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from SW VA Mountains. on 2/3/2016
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