I really do love beets. I love them from top to bottom. The beet stems are great for green smoothies, salads, and a great substitution for swiss chard. (More on Swiss Chard in another post)
The beets themselves are wonderfully sweet and taste a little like candy. I served some up raw to some finicky kids and got a thumbs up. I also like them cooked a little - that makes them a little soft, but still nice and sweet. A sweet vegetable.
So how do you know when they are ready to harvest - Joan shares how she know they are ready. Once they poke their heads out and they get to the size of a quarter or 50 cent piece they are ready. If they get bigger - they can crack and get a little woody.