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Beetroot, also known by its botanical name of Beta vulgaris, is an easy to grow root vegetable, which can be sown outside, from March until the beginning of August, in the UK.

There are a great many beetroot cultivars available, offering beetroot in a great many shapes, sizes, and colours.

You might opt to sow a traditional, round, globe shaped beetroot, or you may choose to sow a cylindrical beetroot, which has been bred to produce evenly shaped beetroot slices, ideal for pickling, such a Beetroot ‘Alto’, an F1 Hybrid, which you can see pictured in the image for ‘Beetroot’ at the top of this page.

You may also opt to grow traditional red coloured beetroot, or you might wish to avoid the staining that comes with red beetroot and may instead opt to sow white, yellow, or orange coloured beetroot.  Why not sow a white beetroot with red concentric circles of colour?  Each beetroot cultivar tastes different from one another, so why not grow a few of each?

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