Traditional red beet varieties like Red Ace, Detroit Dark Red, and Kestrel are standard fare in my garden. They’re nice, but my heart belongs to two varieties of heirloom beets: Chioggia and Golden.
No surprise to small-scale farmers, scientists are now looking to traits in heirloom plant varieties to learn how to improve plant production.
You might recall that last year I ran a little experiment in my tomato patch. I grew 12 different tomato plants and separated them into four groups of three plants. Each group received a different organic fertilizer (or none at all) throughout the growing season.
Whether they’re called heirloom, heritage or historical, these time-honored apples of yesteryear are staging a dramatic comeback in orchards all over the world, and rightfully so.