Thursday, December 17, 2009

Crosbys Egyptian Beet

One of the largest early varieties that will keep shape until fall. Tops can reach 16 inches. Roots are uniform shape, smooth skinned, and flattened heart shaped. "Egyptian" beet varieties were developed in Germany in the 1860s.1 The "Crosby" strain originated from the efforts of Josiah Crosby, an Arlington, Massachusetts market gardener who selected to retain the earliness, increase the depth, and remove the roughness of 'Flat Egyptian.' It was introduced commercially in 1885 by James J. H. Gregory of Marblehead, Massachusetts. Plant produces good yields of purplish-red beet. Ideal for boiling, pickling, baking, and freezing. This smooth round flat shaped beet is one of the best beets on the market.

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