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    'Bull's Blood' Beet sm. use in salad

  • Pam Lewis

    'Bull's Blood' Beet~ Most beets are grown for their earthy-flavor roots. 'Bull's Blood' is a dual-purpose variety grown as much for its intense burgundy leaves as for its deep purple roots. Beet varieties with less colorful foliage can also be harvested when young to add to salads.

  • Heather Ann

    Growing Vegetables in Containers

  • Marye Steckley

    Bull's Blood beet leaves harvested when young. From Better Homes and Gardens.

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