Let's talk about beet juice nutrition as well as growing the Detroit Dark beet for juice.
The Detroit Dark is a multi-purpose beet. It can be eaten fresh, cooked, canned, pickled or for juice. They can be kept up to a month or more in cold storage.
This variety is generally 3 inches round, dark red and produces green tops that can be cooked and eaten as well.
The Detroit Dark is an open-pollinated, heirloom and usually grown as an organic beet. Since it is open-pollinated, it seeds can be saved for producing more Detroit Dark beets.
The Detroit Dark can also be used for beet juice nutrition.
To make beet juice, cut off the tops and the bottom root. Some people will use the whole beet while others will skin it first. If you skin it, you will lose a lot of the nutritional value. Wash it good and juice the whole beet. You can try it both ways and see which one you like the best.
There are many recipes online for making beet juice. The tops can be eaten. If you do not eat them, put them in the compost bin as well as any other part of the beet you do not use.
The Detroit Dark can be grown in all sorts of weather conditions but for the best taste, cool fall/winter production is best.
Till your garden so that you have about 8 inches of good, loose dirt. Make sure to have all rocks and mulch removed. These can hinder the growing roots and make them grow crooked and thin, instead of straight and round.
Make rows one foot apart for three feet. Then you will want a foot path in order to work in your beet patch. Make a V trench using a hoe, about 1/4 inch deep. The seeds do not need to be very deep.
Plant the seeds about three inches apart.
Seeds should germinate in about seven days but can take up to 21 days depending on temperature, water and soil conditions. When the seeds germinate and break surface, thin to six inches apart. The distance between the beets will have a lot to do with the size of the beet.
Once the little plants form, keep the soil moist like brown sugar. When the bulb starts to form, make sure you keep it covered with dirt. It it is not, the uncovered part will not develop correctly and will be hard as well as inedible.
In about 60 days or so, your beets should be ready to harvest. You should pull them up as you need them in order to have the freshest juice. You can also make your juice and freeze it for later use.
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