We planted Cylindra beets this summer. Cylindra beets are a Sydney’s Green Garden specialty seed.
They grew beautifully this year. As you can see, they grew big and juicy!
Did you know you can cook the greens too? Beet greens are delicious and taste like spinach when sautéed.
Here’s a basic recipe:
1 pound beet greens (2 large or 3 small bunches)
1 to 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, to taste
2 garlic cloves, minced
Freshly ground pepper
Bring a large pot of water to a boil while you stem the greens and wash the leaves in 2 rinses of water. When the water comes to a boil, add 1 tablespoon of salt and the greens. Blanch for 2 minutes, until tender. Transfer immediately to a bowl of ice water, then drain and squeeze the water out. Chop coarsely.
Heat the oil over medium heat in a large, heavy nonstick skillet. Add the garlic – stir until the garlic is translucent for 30 to 60 seconds. Stir in the greens. Stir until the greens are seasoned with garlic and oil for 1 to 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, remove from the heat, and serve.
Instead of blanching the beet greens, rinse well and add them to the olive oil, salt and garlic. They will cook down. It may be tasty enough you won’t need the garlic.
Lemon wedges for fresh lemon juice
What a great added treat above and beyond the beets themselves!
We hope you plan to grow some beets next summer – they’re easy to grow in containers from seed.
Sydney’s Green Garden seeds will be available around mid-March 2018.
Oftentimes we experiment with new seed varieties. This way we can offer our customers the best seed options for growing conditions in the Duluth and Superior area.
Check our website early in 2018 to see which seeds we are offering!
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