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How to grow Silverbeet
Learn how to grow Silverbeet with our easy step by step guide. Silverbeet is a leafy vegetable belonging to the subspecies Beta vulgaris subsp. It looks like spinach, silverbeet belongs to the same species as beetroot. It is a biennial plant that usually has dark green edible leaves with wide white or cream stalks, which are also edible.
Silverbeet comes in a range of sizes, leaf colours, textures and stem colours. Some of the varieties are:
How to plant Silverbeet
Silverbeet Growing Guide
It’s an easy to grow plant that is reasonably frost and heat tolerant, and quite resistant to most plant diseases. Silverbeet plant provides leaves for some months before going to flower. It can re-sprout from around the base if cut off when it starts to flower. It can grow up to 75 cm high and 25 cm wide.
Although it is fairly wind hardy, the silverbeet plant doesn’t like strong winds, which can cause leaf damage.
Silverbeet can be harvested while the leaves are young and tender, or after maturity, when they are larger. The usual harvest duration is between 8 to 12 weeks.
How to use Silverbeet
Though silverbeet can have a slightly bitter taste, fresh young leaves can be used raw in salads, while mature leaves and stalks are generally consumed cooked.
Silverbeet is rich in fibre, vitamins A, C and E, sodium and folate. Though it’s believed to be a good source of iron, it has been suggested the iron from the plant cannot be readily taken up by the body due to binding with oxalates.
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