Beets remain a staple of vegetable gardeners, and it's easy to see why. This hardy root vegetable nourishes from root to tip. And they're easy to grow as long as you plant them in full sun in well-drained soil.They come in all sizes, shapes, and colors, so it's a good idea to consider how you want to consume them before you decide what to plant. You'll enjoy beets even more when you grow your own, because supermarket varieties can't compare to these fresh-picked beauties. Here are some of our favorite varieties.
Even if you already love beets, you'll enjoy them even more when you grow your own. When you pluck them fresh from the soil, they give you three gifts: first, the beetroot itself, with flesh that's earthy yet sweet, dense yet tender, colorful as jewelry. Then the beet greens, which, when just-picked, are wonderfully vibrant, crisp-tender, bittersweet, and a little peppery. And third, the gardener's reward for time spent thinning the crop: baby greens from seedlings (sold as "microgreens" for fancy prices).