My beetroots are finally ready to be harvested for eating!! They have risen out of the ground and appear to have reached their full size. To harvest them I simply removed the dirt from around the beetroot and pulled the roots slowly upwards.
Next, I cut off the leaves, leaving a little bit of the stalks attached so none of the beetroot colour was exposed. I placed all of the beetroots in a bucket of water to remove as much dirt as possible. The beetroot leaves were put into a bucket of water as well to clean them for eating.
Then I properly scrubbed the beetroots until I couldn’t get rid of any more dirt and distributed them into plastic bags, ready for storage in my fridge. Similarly, I did a final wash of the beetroot leaves, ripped off the best leaves from the stalks and put them into plastic bags to go into my fridge.
The beetroots can be eaten raw but are more commonly roasted or boiled, though no matter what method is used the skins have to be taken off to reveal the purple-red colour that is associated with them. The beetroot leaves taste very similar to any salad leaves and therefore go very nicely in salads or sandwiches.