Beetroot is very easy to grow, making it an ideal crop for a novice gardener or for children. The plants suffer from very few pests and diseases, and are often left alone by birds thereby avoiding the need for a net. Beetroots will grow and taste at their best if the soil is kept moist, and should be eaten before they grow too large (which can give them a woody flavour). I prefer to pick my beetroot when they are somewhere between a golf ball and a tennis ball in size.
Beetroot is delicious eaten hot, either boiled, or even better roasted (the tip is to leave the skin on and not to cut the flesh before cooking to keep all the flavours wrapped up inside).
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