This striking Italian heirloom beet has alternating red and white rings running through its roots. When baked whole and sliced just before serving, this sweet variety retains its unique markings. The roots have an excellent sweet flavor! Tops are green with pink-striped stems and mild. It has approximately 60 days to maturity.
Chiogga heirloom beet seeds come from the northern Italian coastal town of Chioggia, and arrived in America around 1865. Beets seem to have originated in the Mediterrenean region, where people grew them for thousands of years. Later, beets grew in Germany and Holland and were used as cattle fodder; they were later imported to England for this purpose, but the poor began to raise them for an affordable food source. American colonists later brought them to the New World, where they became a commonly enjoyed food both for their roots and their greens.