Our Early Yellow Intermediate variety was developed by the great French horticulturist Vilmorin in the 1840s and still considered the finest variety available. A very sweet and very nutritious type of beet. Mangels were originally a high output fodder crop, but like white carrots a few varieties were bred for fine taste. A good provider of food, calories & large amounts of compost material. Grows half-above the soil, so easy to harvest.
Beets make a good short season, intensively cultivated crop. Beets provide early baby greens for salad mix, mature leaves for cooking, and sweet roots for cooking, canning, and winter storage. Sow in spring in well-drained soil that is reasonably warm -- after peas and lettuce, before beans. Does best in cool or warm weather and moist soil. Light frost at night won't hurt, but the soil must be around 60 degrees for good germination. Both the root and greens are good sources of vitamins. Medicinal: Red Beets stimulate the immune system, and have possible anti-cancer properties. Antioxidant. Mangels have the same eating and cooking properties as other beets. Some find mangel greens superior to chard as a potherb. Their very sweet roots make them tasty eaten raw.
Beta vulgaris / C,W/Matures 8-9/Harvest 1-6/Yield Roots 200-800, Tops 100-400/Spacing 7"