Heirloom Silverbeet and Beetroot

Clive Blazey explains how almost all the vegetables we eat today were available before 1900.

Heirloom Silverbeet and Beetroot

While travelling through La Rochelle on the French Atlantic coast this year I discovered the original plant species of wild sea-beet from which silverbeet and beetroot evolved.

The original plant has the same rather stiff leaves of beetroot but without its swollen roots or the long leaf blades of our familiar silverbeet. This wild ance...

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