Old dual-purpose variety is grown for both its leaves and roots. The leaves are uniquely long and narrow, incredibly dark ruby red, nearly iridescent purple, with an unusual, silky sheen. This Scottish heirloom, also called Dracena, was until recently almost extinct and brought back for its distinctive, tender and delicious salad leaves.
The long, cylindrical roots, which can reach 6 inches long, are unusually colored red with overtones toward purple-blue. The dark color translates to increased phytonutrients--among the highest of any beet variety! The root is similar to the beet variety Cylindra, and the dark red color of the greens are similar to the Bull’s Blood variety.
Vigorous and productive with 65 days to maturity. The leaves do not display red until later in the season and persist for about 1-2 months before the later growth begins to grow green again. Harvest the greens all season long before finally lifting the roots in the fall.