Beets are vegetables that are good sources of folate and are low in fat. They are also healthy for dieting. It is not difficult to harvest or pick beets. The only thing that really matters is time. Most beets are red in color, however one type of beet has red and white circles.
When you are harvesting beets the right combination of soil, sun, and water, does matter. Making sure you have the right type of soil is an important key factor. This website tells you about good soil compared to bad, and what to look for. Using a great fertilizer also helps me with harvesting any vegetable. It doesn’t have to be expensive, just try them all and see what you like. I use whichever brand I can get my hands on. The Lowe’s website has a guide to follow, when buying the perfect fertilizer. Having the right combination of soil, sun, and water, changes the way the beets will taste when they are ready to be picked. Don’t drown the beets. Over-watering causes the seeds to float before they even get a chance to grow. This also causes the beets to stop developing properly. It will also make the beets wrinkled and soft, and in the end not being the beets that you would want to pick. Don’t make them too dry. Growing beets in the desert is not a proper climate. Having a little moisture in the air is perfect climate, however growing them with dry heat is also fine as long as it isn’t desert air, with high temperatures.
With beets it is really a matter of personal preference. The beets are ready to be picked any time after you see the beets shoulders protruding at the soil line. However, the best beets to choose are the ones that are small to medium in size. The small beets carry all the flavor. If the leaves are still attached to the beets; choose the beets with the youngest, freshest leaves. Make sure you choose beets with firm, smooth skins and dark color. You don’t want to pick beets that are large, or wrinkled and soft. These won’t make the best tasting vegetables.
In order to store the beets and the beets’ leaves, first cut off the leaves. You will want to make sure you are keeping at least half an inch of stem on the beets. Store your leaves and beets separately. I use ziploc bags and punch holes into them. Leaves stay fresh only a few days. However, if you keep your beets in the refrigerator they stay fresh up to a week. Beets leaves are great for a garnish on a fancy dish. They are also perfect in a salad. Beets are nice to eat raw, or you could make pickled eggs, using beet juice. All you do is take hard boiled eggs and soak them in beet juice, onions, sugar, vinegar, and pickling spices until it is serving time. They are delicious.
There are different ways to harvest beets, and I’m sure you can come up with a few of your own once you start gardening. .