(Beta vulgaris) If crapaudine doesn't look like your idea of a modern table beet, that’s because, frankly, it’s not. The variety whose name comes from the French word for a female toad, is thought to be the oldest beet cultivar still in existence, dating back possibly 1000 years to the time of Charlemagne. It has a wild appearance, large bronze-red leaves and long gnarled carrot-like roots with a thick, wrinkly, bark-like skin and abundant fine root hairs. Crapaudine is beet royalty and still beloved in French markets and kitchens today. Classically it is roasted whole over a charcoal fire after which the skin easily slips off revealing the bright red flesh. It has some of the deepest, savory flavor of any beet we’ve ever roasted.
75 days. UO
Packet: 100 seeds