How To Harvest Beets
How do you know when it's time to harvest beets? Here are a few telltale signs.
I just can't get enough of beets! They absolutely shine as a main dish but also make a really nice side to meat or fish. Of course, I realized that I grew too few this year again and decided to do a large summer sowing to make up for it. I always enjoy to harvest beets, it just feels like my hard work really pays off!
After posting some pictures of my beets on social media, a reader of mine wanted to know more about harvesting beets. How do you know it's time to harvest them?
Harvest beets – Feel it
Firstly, I want you to know that you can harvest beets in several stages of development. You can harvest the tiny little beets in early spring, or wait until they grow large and perhaps bake them in the oven or use them for soup. You decide.
The beet greens are generally very large. A fact that can make us believe that a huge beet might just be hiding underneath. This is usually not the case though. If you can't guess the size by looking at the part of the beet slightly visible above the soil, then you should just try to feel the beet instead. Use your thumb and index finger to grab the neck of the beet. This will give you an idea of the size.
If the beets grow in a small cluster and you haven't thinned it yet, then I usually just harvest the largest beet in the cluster. I generally go through the entire row and remove any larger beets though, and then I leave the others to grow a bit longer.
More about beets:
My homemade pickled beets
Crispy beet patties with feta cheese
Delicious beet salad with halloumi
Traditional Swedish beet salad
For us here in zone 3, July is probably the latest time to sow beets. You might just be able to enjoy a few little beets in fall though, depending on where you grow. But no need to worry. You can always eat the beet greens! Just pan-fry the leaves with a little butter. Good luck, I hope you learned something about when it's time to harvest beets!