Beets don’t get much more beautiful than this early 19th-century Italian heirloom from the Veneto. The bright red roots reveal the classic red and white bull’s-eye patterned interior when sliced crosswise. One of the most beautiful dishes we’ve ever made was a beet carpaccio, a pine nut pate sandwiched between two paper-thin marinated Chioggia slices and topped with pesto oil. The flavor is milder but sweeter than traditional dark red beets. Historically, Chioggia has been well known to be variable and funky in its genetics. We trialed through several strains before finding one we liked well enough to sell and have put in several generations of selection work since. We find ours to be as uniform yet more vigorous than the other “improved” entrant in this class, Guardsmark.
60 days. MP
Packet: 100 seeds