Mammoth Red Mangel Beet
100 days. A gargantuan beet for the whimsical gardener! Harvest this delectable beet for the dinner table when young, or allow it to grow to epic proportions for giant veg competitions. Who doesn't enjoy a good old-fashioned gardener’s brag? Ours have reached up to 40 pounds and 6 feet long!
A popular livestock feed in the 1800s, this makes a great fodder crop for the homestead. The giant roots are also used for a game called “mangold hurling.” The sport dates back to the 11th century and is still played in the UK today.
If the roots are harvested when small and tender, they can be sliced thin and eaten raw or cooked. Grate them for a delicious beet burger! The greens are supremely tender even as the roots swell. We have harvested yummy greens from our giant mangel for up to 6 months.
These beet roots can be eaten, fed to chickens, horses, cows and sheep, or used for sport! Endlessly useful!
- 100 Days
- Full Sun
- Sprouts in 14-21 Days
- Seed Depth: 1/2"
- Ideal Temperature: 50-85 F
- Plant Spacing: 4-6"
- Frost Hardy: Yes
- Beta vulgaris
Growing Tips: Amend planting site with well-rotted compost, work soil deeply, and remove rocks. Sow 3-4 weeks before last frost. Thin early for best results. Requires neutral to slightly alkaline soil.