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?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
annew21 (zone 7b NC)(7b NC)

It looks like a white beet.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 10:53PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

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
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Anyone else not liking this "new and improved" houzz thingy?
It took a long time to get through all of the bells...
wertach zone 7-B SC
What is wrong with my cauliflower head?
One of my cauliflowers with the same soil, fertilizer,...
Will I be too late to start a vegetable garden for the summer?
Hello! My husband and I will be moving from Florida...
WHO calls Roundup a probable carcinogen
Very interesting... I tend to remain neutral towards...
Peter (6b SE NY)
cutworms and diatomaceous earth
I had regular problems with cutworms and seedlings....
Sponsored Products
Lighthouse Large Wall Bracket
$523.00 | Bellacor
Sample-Brushed Stone Lady Gray 2x8 Marble Tile, 1 Piece Sample
$2.99 | TileBar
Camfora 3 Piece Outdoor Patio Sectional Set in Espresso Mocha
$799.00 | LexMod
Armen Living Vengo Dining Table - LCVEDISTGL
$850.00 | Hayneedle
Fresca Torino 48 White Bathroom Vanity w/ 2 Side Cabinets & Sink
Hudson Reed
Elite Single Handle Oil-Rubbed Bronze Bathroom Sink Faucet with Pop-Up Drain
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™