The Detroit Beet has a round, dark red root with a sweet and earthy taste. The leaves are also edible and have a slightly bitter taste.
Detroit Beets prefer well-draining, loamy soil and require full sun or partial shade. They can be planted in the spring or fall and prefer cooler temperatures between 50-70°F. The seeds will typically germinate within 5-10 days.
Detroit Beets can be harvested when the roots are about 2-3 inches in diameter, usually around 60-70 days after planting. The leaves can also be harvested when they are young and tender.
Detroit Beets are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including folate, manganese, and potassium. They are also high in antioxidants and dietary fiber.
Detroit Beets can be roasted, boiled, steamed, pickled, or eaten raw in salads. The leaves can also be cooked and eaten like spinach.
The antioxidants in beets have been linked to lower inflammation and improved heart health. The fiber in beets may also aid in digestion and promote healthy blood sugar levels. Additionally, the nitrates in beets have been shown to improve exercise performance and lower blood pressure.