Beet, Kamuolini 2 (Organic)
Beta vulgaris. Round Red. 65 days.
Vibrant color, beautiful round shape and classic sweet beet flavor make this variety our ideal beet. Vigorous leaf growth makes this beet two vegetables in one, easy to pull and perfect to tie in bunches. Leaf stems have an intriguing magenta-purple tint. In our trials against the overly common Red Ace F1 hybrid we found Kamuolini 2 to have better shape, flavor, yield, color, and taller tops. The Baltic region is a center of beet diversity and one of its centers of origin, so it makes good sense that we would find our ideal beet in Lithuania. Bred by and given to The Seed Ambassadors Project by Dr. Rasa Karkleliene, a vegetable seed breeder at the Lithuanian Institute of Horticulture.
Seed produced by Persephone Farm in Lebanon, Oregon.
Direct sow March through early August in rows that are 1’ apart. Thin to 3” spacing once they’re 3” tall. Don’t forget to eat the greens! For us, beets can grow through the winter without protection, but must be sown by August for this purpose.
Collect seeds from 20+ plants in second year once seeds have dried down, usually by September. Cut seed heads, place on tarps, dry a few more days, then dance on the dry plants to free seed. Collect seeds from pile, winnow to clean. Isolate from other beets and chard by 1 mile.