Taxonomy

Beta vulgaris subsp. maritima | Sea Beet | Laíon na trá

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

Not protected

Native status

Native

Species Biology

Habitat

Rocky, gravely seashores and cliffs

Life cycle

Perennial

Ex-situ conservation

USDA ARS-Grin

Use

Food crop

Vegetative nature

Herbaceous

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021

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Further information

This species is a direct ancestor of all cultivated beets. Evidence suggests it has began cultivation in the Middle East about 2000 years ago. Leaves are picked between April and October. The big fleshy leaves from the base and the thinner spear like leaves from the tip are the easiest to cook.

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