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Crosby's Egyptian Beet (250 seeds) (BT105) $2.75

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Crosby's Egyptian Beet

         
 
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55 days. Crosby’s Egyptian flat beet is an antique market variety developed in the 19th century that is still favored by farmers and market gardeners today. The unusual name stirs intrigue; beets are historically considered a crop of the European sea coast. The earthy roots are not typically associated with Egypt. In fact, this is not a true Egyptian variety! This misnomer is most likely thanks to the “Egyptomania” that swept Europe and America during the 19th century. Napoleon’s famous Egyptian campaign sparked western interest in Egypt, influencing 1800s art, religion and even the false marketing of some goods as “Egyptian”. For example, the 1888 edition of J.H Gregory’s seed catalog features Egyptian beets as well as Egyptian sweet corn. This old European variety was likely named Egyptian beet to add exotic flare to its description. The “Egyptian beet” was actually a German variety introduced to the U.S. in the 1860s. This superior market strain was selected by Boston based market farmer Josiah Crosby. The Gregory’s catalog describes Crosby as one of the most noted of the market gardeners near Boston. Crosby refined the German import for his marketing needs. He selected for a super flat saucer shape and smoother skin, as these uniform and decidedly pretty roots were more enticing for market sales. Crosby’s Egyptian beet debuted in the 1888 edition of Gregory’s catalog; it was praised for its exceptional early maturity and superior market quality. Crosby’s 19th century work selecting for a perfect market variety is still appreciated by market farmers and home gardeners today. This perfect fall storage beet is earlier to mature than other storage varieties; a perfect late summer sown beet to fill the winter pantry.
 
Crosby's Egyptian Beet
Overall Rating:
         
5.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 6
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0

100.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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6 out of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
PhoenixAZ
Location:
Phoenix, AZ, United States
Date:
May 15, 2018
          5.0
 
I LOVE this plant
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Flavor, easy, productive/fast!

What are the cons? NONE

Review:

I planted perhaps 30 seeds outdoors in Phoenix on January 11, and they germinated in 6 days but grew very slowly until the weather warmed up. Since about the beginning of April, I've had plenty of great tasting beet greens (leaves roughly 9 inches tall including stem) to eat (so far, always raw and 1-2 of the most mature leaves taken from each plant) while leaving enough leaves on each plant to help the roots mature. Chard/beet flavor. It's the middle of May now, we've already had a few weeks of around 100 degree weather (some days over 100), and the beets are presently mostly unshaded. They get watered daily, and the sun on hot days makes them wilt, but when it cools off at night, they bounce right back up. Eventually, they'll get a burlap shade cloth on a bamboo frame along with my other plants that are happier shaded. I don't think the roots are ready to harvest, yet, as they're not poking up out of the soil, yet, and there's presently no sign of a desire to bolt/flower. & ZERO bugs

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

6 out of 7 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
PhoenixAZ
Location:
Phoenix, AZ, United States
Date:
January 24, 2018
          5.0
 
Germinated in January
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Germinated quickly

What are the cons? None yet

Review:

I'll have to edit my review after they mature, but I want to report that they germinated about 6 days after planting in Phoenix, AZ on January 11, 2018. They get about half a day of sun on my patio in a container. It's only January 24 now--too soon to say more at this point.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

34 out of 35 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Mike
Location:
Alcorcn, Madrid, Spain
Date:
August 21, 2016
          5.0
 
Humberto
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Quick and easy to grow.

What are the cons? N/A

Review:

I never liked beets and always tried to avoid them but one day my neighbor offered me some beets and out of being polite i didn?t refuse. Later at the house my girlfriend forced me to eat them only so they wouldn?t go to waste. I baked them with olive oil and a pinch of sea salt, I LOVED THEM. Later that night I ordered these and let me tell you, they didn?t disappoint! They grew so fast it was almost like I just asked my neighbor for more. These were sweet and perfect for introducing someone to eating beets. So good I had to eat them before the ants could. ***Tips for new gardeners*** Beware ANTS LOVE THESE! Plant 6 inches apart and when they start to sprout in groups of 2-3 you can thin them or CAREFULLY transplant some. They grow very fast but patience is a virtue. Full sun in my case. The greens can also be added to a salad or given to your chickens. Finally I will end on "I do so like them Sam I Am".

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

27 out of 29 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Loves to Garden
Location:
New Carlisle, OH
Date:
January 26, 2015
          5.0
 
Great Beet
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Good taste, pretty hardy

What are the cons? not as sweet as bulls blood

Review:

Tried these in my first year garden. Soil isn't the best yet, but these grew well for the most part after getting past a bad, cold, wet spring last year. They did best in a raised bed that I had because my soil in the garden was still mostly clay as we are in process of working it still at our new place. I picked these small and big and liked the flavor of both. I grew 3 batches with one seed packet throughout the summer and my second and third batch was the best. I even dug one that I left in the raised bed out in November after many frosts and shredded raw to put on top of a green salad. Still was good. :) They also were good for eating the beet greens but I wouldn't recommend eating the huge leaves, just small to medium sized. These grew faster and bigger than the bulls blood beet from this company, although bulls blood beet does taste sweeter and better, but didn't grow as well in my garden.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

30 out of 31 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Laura1166
Location:
Osceola, MO
Date:
March 22, 2014
          5.0
 
Lots of good beet flavor
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Great taste and easy to grow!

What are the cons? None

Review:

This has become one of our favorite beets. We will be planting it every year. Great beet flavor without the dirt aftertaste. And SO tender! Easy to grow here in western central Missouri.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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