Beet Seeds - Long Red Mangel
(Beta vulgaris 'Mangelwurzel') 90-100 days. Heirloom Beet Seeds - 1800s.
These are beet monsters! In the right conditions, Mammoth Red Mangel Beets can grow to 20lbs each! They were commonly grown for livestock fodder, before mass produced soy and corn took over. These days, they are quite rare and seeds can be hard to come by.
Don't keep pigs? Not to worry! Mangel beets are super sweet and less intimidating if you pick them young; they'll even still fit on your plate! The greens are also very tender in the early Spring.
Mangel beets also work great as a cover crop. They can surface valuable minerals and aerate the soil.