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In 1885, the French book The Vegetable Garden stated this is one of the oldest varieties. Today some experts feel this may be the oldest beet still in existence, possibly dating back 1000 years. This unique variety is one of the most flavorful, with carrot-shaped roots that have rough, dark colored skin which looks like tree bark. Inside, the roots are very dark, with almost black flesh that is of superior quality and sought after by chefs who want real flavor. We are proud to offer this rare old selection.
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9 out of 10 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? grew in low desert
What are the cons? skinny root
Planted in fall and overwintered to pull in the spring. Fine flavored and easy to grow. Interesting shape therefore could not mistake what it was.
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24 May 2013
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This beet is the best! Every year we look forward to our crapaudines! They look like bark when you pull them out of the ground, but are beautiful once peeled. I am in NW Oregon, and they have not perfomed well on cool years, but over winter well.
11 Dec 2012
9 out of 9 people found the following review helpful:
The texture of the skin is very interesting. The history of being the oldest beet is cool too. Very red flesh. I was so exited about the skin last year when harvested and rinsed. I'll be planting again for sure!
3 Mar 2012
15 out of 15 people found the following review helpful:
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these beets were eventually amazing, but took a whole 'nother 30 days or so to mature than any other variety. when picked young, they're kinda stringy. stringiness disappears, if you wait that extra four weeks or so.
By old husher
8 Jan 2011
14 out of 14 people found the following review helpful:
While they were slow growing and the greens were small, they are amazing baked, just wrap several cleaned beets in foil with some olive or grape seed oil and a pinch of kosher salt til tender, and slip the peels off in a paper towel, and enjoy! they are great one endive salad, as the sweet plays off the slight bitter green. Will definately grow again!
11 Jul 2010
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