Not all beets are created equal, nor do they taste the same. Even most people who don’t like beets normally, may change their minds with a milder tasting one. The Golden Beet pictured has a very mild flavor compared to dark red beets.
Of course how you prepare them matters as well. Even Mandolin, who professes to dislike beets, will eat Beet Burgers.
So here are a few varieties to consider, whether you are trying to get someone else to like beets, or even yourself.
Note that beets listed as ‘heirloom’ includes open pollinated varieties.
|Variety||Color||DTM||HL or F1||Flavor & Use|
|Detroit Dark Red||Red||55||HL||Sweet with good greens.|
|Touchstone Gold||Yellow||55||HL||Sweet and smooth.|
|Chioggia||Red with pink ringed flesh||60||HL||Mildly sweet.|
|Cylindra||Red||54||HL||Oblong shape yields uniform slices for canning.|
|Bull's Blood||Red||35-55||HL||Grown more for the leaves which are harvested early.|
|Babybeet||Red||40||HL||Small beet great for preparing whole.|
|Merlin||Red||48||F1||Very uniform growing beets that are smooth and very sweet.|
|Golden Beet||Yellow||55||HL||Very sweet non-bleeding color.|
|Lutz Salad Leaf||Red||70||HL||Large root that stores well and great leaves.|
|Sugar Beet||White||95||HL||Large conical roots can be used for making sugar.|
- Yellow beet varieties tend to have a lower germination rate, but they also have a milder flavor.
- Most beet seeds pods contain 2 seeds, so thinning is needed or you can just give them enough room to stay together.
Information sources: Personal experience, seed packets, Baker Creek and Johnny’s Select Seed catalogs.