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Organic Cylindra Beet Seeds

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Organic Cylindra Beet Seed (60 days)

This beet dates back to the 1880s.  Also known as the "Formanova".  Dark red, cylindrical and about 6-9"s long.  This is not your typical beet as it is much longer. 

Cylindra beet almost resembles the size and shape of an oversized carrot or let them grow a bit bigger and they'll be shaped  like a sweet potato.

This long root makes for easy slicing and peeling. 

Plant cylindra beet closer than you would normal beets because they grow longer rather than wider.  Get more beets in a smaller space!

Roots tend to push up out of the ground as they grow.

Cylindra heirloom beet leaves are sweeter than other varieties and make excellent greens.

Cylindra makes a nice, sweet canning or pickling beet for its ease of slicing, and can be left whole when smaller.  We dry them as well.  They are surprisingly sweet eaten this way, keep a higher amount of nutrition than canning, and store well. 

Cylindra heirloom beet seed is recommended by the Following State Universities or Ag Extension Offices as a variety that performs well for their region. FL, OR, TX

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1/2" 40-60 55-65 5-7 4" 3" 45 lb. Full

Planting Tips For Beet Seeds:

Beet seeds can be planted in early spring or midsummer.  Soak seeds overnight in damp towel before planting for excellent germination.  Plant beet seeds 1” apart and thin weakest seedlings to desired spacing.  Keep soil evenly moist to prevent beet roots from getting woody.  For longer harvest, stagger beet plantings every 2-3 weeks.




  Revitalized "Caprese" Salad

Note: not all beets are good when eaten raw.  for this recipe, I recommend the Touchstone Golden Beet and the Crosby Egyptian Beet.


  • 1 lb. golden beet-thinly sliced
  • 1 lb. red beet-thinly sliced
  • 3-4 tbsp fresh mint – chiffonade
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • feta cheese (optional)


Toss the beets and mint in olive oil until coated. Add salt and pepper to taste.  Add crumbled feta if desired and serve room temperature or refrigerated.

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