Small globe roots. Poor establishment and growth compared to other cultivars grown.
The distinctive red and white bands are lost when cooked, to become white or pale pink. In taste tests, it performed relatively poorly. Flavour is sweet and bland.
Chioggia or Barabietola di Chioggia is a globe-shaped heirloom Italian variety, with a slightly flattened shape. It was described by the 1840s and originated from market gardens around Venice. It is also sold under a range of other names, including or Tonda di Chioggia, Chioggia Pink or dolce di Chioggia. It has a rosy or orange-pink outer skin, with a distinctive dartboard pattern when cut transversely. For this reason it is sometimes known as Bull’s Eye Beet or Candy Stripe Beet. Bands of white flesh alternate with bands of pink or rosy red. The pattern tends to fade toward a soft pink when cooked. It has attractive dark-green leaves with ruby-red stems that have a mild flavour when raw or cooked. Chioggia is grown today mainly for its unusual colouring, but it has a mild and sweet flavour. The flavour is not to everyone’s taste. Some say it is delicious, others insipid. They are best eaten when young. Modern lines are resistant to bolting.
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