Also known as Bassano, and noted for its alternating red-and-white concentric rings that resemble a bull's-eye, Chioggia beets are wonderful for both fresh eating and pickling. It retains its markings if roasted whole and sliced just before serving. Named for a fishing town near Venice, this historical Italian variety has been grown in the United States since at least 1865.
- 50 days
- ±2,300 seeds/oz
- Good for fresh eating and pickling
- Alternating red and white rings
- Sweet flavor
This variety works for:
- Fresh eating
To keep the concentric rings of red and white intact, bake this beet whole and slice it just before serving.
Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors as soon as soil can be worked in spring. Seeds will germinate in 5-10 days. Beets can be planted at two-week intervals for a steady harvest. All parts of the beet plant are edible.
- Direct Seed: 2" Apart
- Seed Depth: 1/2"
- Rows Apart: 20-24"
- Thin: 4-6" Apart
Ratings & Reviews
Amazing color and extremely pretty
The taste is perfect with the right balance of earthy and sweet unlike a lot of beets that are overly sweet. I love these baked but haven't had them pickled yet. Hopefully will get to try that this summer.
Reliable for Zone 5
by Heather B.
I have experimented with growing beets for years in eastern Iowa just south of 80, and this is the most reliable variety I've tried so far. The only years it's failed, no one local at the Farmer's Market was able to get much out of their beets, either. My best luck has been in 1/2 barrels, so I'm trying raised beds this year.
In addition, the color is fascinating and the flavor is excellent.
Best we have found
We live in western Minnesota. We have tried growing 4 different beets in our square foot garden. The 2 finalists were the golden beet and this one. This one is the winner. We get better growth and they are just as sweet and tasty as the golden (our previous favorite). These are especially good roasted in the oven, peeled then lightly buttered. Yum!
Grew well, tasted good and were very pretty when pickled.