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I am once again growing two kinds of beets this summer, Bull’s Blood and Chioggia beets.  Both varieties are heirloom and both date back to about 1840.

Chioggia beets were brought to the US from Italy, they are named for a small fishing town (Chioggia) near Venice.

Bull’s Blood beets are noted for their red foliage, its name hints of nineteenth-century origins when beets were known as blood turnips.

I harvested the first crop of beets last weekend.  Most were chioggia but I did harvest one bull’s blood beet, see if you can spot it below.

Bull's Blood beet

Chioggia and Bull's Blood beets

Chioggia and Bull's Blood beets

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