The Dirty Gardener Sugar Beet Beets
How Sweet it is. Shipped from The Dirty Gardener. The sugar beet has a conical, white, fleshy root (a taproot) with a flat crown. The plant consists of the root and a rosette of leaves. Sugar is formed through a process of photosynthesis in the leaves, and it is then stored in the root. The root of the beet contains 75% water, about 20% sugar and 5% pulp (the exact sugar contents can vary between 12 and 21% of sugar, depending on the cultivar and growing conditions). Sugar is the primary value of sugar beet as a cash crop. The pulp, insoluble in water and mainly composed of cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin, and pectin, is used in animal feed. The byproducts of the sugar beet crop, such as pulp and molasses, add another 10% to the value of the harvest. Sugar beets grow exclusively in the temperate zone, in contrast to sugarcane, which grows exclusively in the tropical and subtropical zones. The average weight of sugar beet ranges between 0.5 to 1 kilogram (1.1 to 2.2 lb). Sugar beet foliage has a rich, brilliant green color and grows to a height of about 35 centimeters (14 in). The leaves are numerous and broad and grow in a tuft from the crown of the beet, which is usually level with or just above the ground surface. The Dirty Gardener is a hard working group of folks dedicated to quality products and impeccable service. We eat, sleep and breath outdoor products for the home and garden. We are inventors, creators and stewards of our environment. Every product we sell has been tested, used, abused and approved by our small staff of enthusiasts and often by our friends!
- Grow your own vegetable garden with these quality seeds
- White root with a sweet, enticing flavor
- Produces a high amount of sugar which is its main cash value
- Easy to grow and requires little maintenance
- Non-GMO seeds with no filler content