From: CSA, Recipes, Veggie Facts

The beautiful world of beets!

At Riverbend, we hold a special place in our hearts for beets. They begin early, continue through the season, can be stored late into the fall and used in so many different ways. Beets are the underrated, steady veggie of the fields. We are absolutely head over heels in love with them and we want you to be too!

Detroit Supreme

When most people think about beets, this is what they think about: the great red orb of the classic beet. The Detroit Supreme variety of red beets is the first on our roster of Riverbend beets. We love this variety because it has beautiful, smooth skin and some of the most gorgeous and nutritious beet leaves you can find. They are a deep red colour and if you’re in to pickling beets (if you’re not you’re missing out!) they make a great looking jar! They’re tender, yet crisp and we love them thin sliced in salads, roasted with spices and pickled all winter long.Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 9.05.21 AM

Albion Cylindrical

This beet is similar to it’s cousin, the Detroit Supreme in all things but shape. They make beautiful, long roots and are particularly tasty. In the field, these beets are great because they can be spaced closer together, they love our soil and continue to grow late into the season. Their leaves are a little sweeter than other varieties and their flesh is such a deep red it almost could pass for purple. We love to thin slice these beets lengthwise and pickle them to enjoy on sandwiches all year round.Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 9.04.53 AM


If you’ve had a golden beet, you’ll know why they’re arguably the most popular among our customers. They are a beautiful, vibrate gold colour with noticeable rings in the flesh. These beets are so well loved because they’re sweet and tender and delicious any way you cook them. Roast them, steam them, bake them, eat them raw, these babies can be enjoyed whatever which way you want.Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 9.05.03 AM

Chioggia Guardsmark

These are our prettiest beet, by far! Originating in the small town of Chioggia, Italy (pronounced kee-oh-jee-ah), these heritage seeds beets are also nicknamed “candycane” beets because of their beautiful red and white striped flesh. They’re also sweet in flavour and keep their unique rings when cooked (usually show best when roasted whole, then sliced). These guys are obviously going to take any meal to the next level.Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 9.04.43 AM

The beets of the Riverbend Gardens family

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