It’s the game show for people who don’t get their food from a box! For 200 points, what is this garden vegetable:
Bonus points if you know the cultivar name as well. Please answer in the form of a question for no particular reason. Some exclusions apply. Points have no cash value. Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera …
Updated on 08/10/2012: The correct vegetable name was guessed in the comments within 6 hours. This is a Cylindra Beet, also called Formanova Beet. When I checked our site this morning there were four comments awaiting moderation which all had the correct answer. Wow! Some of you really know your beet cultivars!
We’ve grown beets for the last 4 years, but this is our first year growing Cylindra. Cylindra has a number of advantages which make it our new favorite beet variety. First, it’s just funny seeing those beet columns rise from the surrounding soil. Weird vegetables make hand-watering more fun. Since only the small tip of the beet is underground, it’s easy to pick. The shape makes it easy to peel and slice. Each slice has the same diameter. It’s almost immune to root maggots. Root maggots are an Oregon pest that hatches at the ground level and chews tracks down the sides of turnips, parsnips, beets, and so forth. Most importantly, the root and greens are both very tasty. We found Cylindra seed at Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.