Beet, Bull’s Blood ( Beta vulgaris ) :Seeds


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Beautiful purple leaves top this delicious beet.

The Story of Bull’s Blood

The Dutch seedsman Kees Sahin bred this crop by selecting the plants with the darkest-colored leaves from a French strain of beets know as ‘Crapaudine’.

Beets may have first emerged as crops that were prized for their greens. Round beets were not cultivated widely until after the year 1600. Beets are very popular vegetables in Eastern ad Central Europe and have one of the highest sugar contents of any vegetable.

The color from beetroot has been used as a dye for fabric, fiber, and food products. It is even said that Victorians used beets to dye their hair.

Put it on the Dinner Table

This variety works for

  • Fresh eating
  • Steaming
  • Boiling
  • Baking
  • Soup
  • Pickling
  • Canning

Don’t miss out on harvesting these leaves when they are 2-3 inches tall to add color to your salads.

Try peeling and roasting this root with parsnips and carrots, then drizzling with a glaze of honey and vinegar. You can also boil or steam the root so that it can be peeled and serve slices warm with butter.


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