Please help me identify this root veggie

brian6464(4a)July 29, 2014

This came up in my beets. Not sure what it is. It is not fully developed as the root is about 12" long, but you can see the part that filled out. Leaves have a shape like celery stalks.

Any ideas?

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annew21 (zone 7b NC)(7b NC)

It looks like a white beet.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 10:53PM
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brian6464(4a)

Now that you mentioned that, I looked at other types of beets. I think it is a sugar beet that was mixed in with my red beets.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 11:20PM
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glib(5.5)

There are edible white or pale beets. Google Chioggia beets, which have white/red layers, and the coarser leaves you see in the picture. I grow both regular and Chioggia.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 9:10AM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

The thick mid ribs make me think this is not a beet, but what I would call spinach beet. This is a misnomer as it isn't spinach at all. It is really a kind of chard. It is the leaves which are eaten, not the root. Old chard plants can get massive roots, especially if overwintered. Sometimes they are really tough to pull out at the end of the season.

Here is a link that might be useful: Spinach beet

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 10:09AM
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OldDutch(4)

Looks like a chard, which is nothing more than a beet that has been selected for heavy stalks on its leaves. Or you might say a beet is generally a red chard that has been selected for its roots instead of its leaves and their leaf stalks.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 10:44AM
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