Organic Silverbeet (Ruby Red) Seeds
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Ruby Red Silverbeet is a biennial vegetable with beautiful red stems and green leaves. It is guaranteed to add cheer to your vegetable garden and goodness to your plate. The baby leaves of this plant are particularly good!
Our Ecoseeds range is certified organic, non-GMO and open pollinated. Each Silverbeet seed packet contains approximately 30 handpicked seeds.
About Ruby Red Silverbeet (Beta vulgaris var. cicula, Swiss Chard)
Silverbeet (also known as Swiss Chard) is a wild beet that originated in Sicily. In ancient society it was used for medicinal purposes, as well as a food source. No wonder - it is packed full of vitamins!
Ruby Red has green leaves with red stems. It is good for growing if you love baby beet leaves for salads and cooking. A 'cut and come again' vegetable, Swiss Chard/Silverbeet can be picked leaf by leaf, as needed.
Culinary Uses for Silverbeet (Beta vulgaris var. cicula, Swiss Chard)
Silverbeet is most commonly used in Mediterranean or European cooking, but can also be found in Turkish and Egyptian cuisine. Both the stems and leaves of Silverbeet are edible. The stems take a little longer to cook than the leaves, but are also slightly sweeter (they have a celery-like flavour).
We love Silverbeet quickly sautéed with a little garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. It is a handy substitute for Spinach, and is also a great last minute addition to stir fries, or frittata. Try a take on pesto using baby Silverbeet leaves, your favourite herb, some grated parmesan, garlic and toasted almonds.
Harvest by pulling, rather than cutting the stems, starting from the outside leaves.
Growing Information - Ruby Red Silverbeet (Beta vulgaris var. cicula, Swiss Chard)
One of the best things about Silverbeet, is that it is really easy to grow. It thrives in a sunny spot but will cope with part shade. Plant Silverbeet in rich, well-draining soil. Rosemary, Mint, Lavender, Chives, Beans, and Onions are good companions for Silverbeet. Avoid planting near Corn, Melons, Cucumbers, Squash and Potatoes.
Keep the soil around your Silverbeet moist, but never water-logged. Work some mature compost into the soil and feed every now and then with worm tea to ensure a good crop.
Silverbeet is relatively frost and heat tolerant. It will survive light wind, but heavy wind exposure can tear the leaves. Protect from slugs and snails - especially after wet weather! As they grow older, Silverbeet plants can get some fungal spots on the leaf, but this is usually cosmetic and shouldn't detract from their culinary value.
If your Silverbeet plant starts to flower, you can cut it off at the base and it should re-sprout.
Climate and seasonal information - Ruby Red Silverbeet
You can plant Silverbeet most of the year round in almost all areas of New Zealand. If you live in an area that experiences snow or heavy frost over winter, you can raise it in seed trays indoors/undercover over winter.
Seed Sowing Instructions - Ruby Red Silverbeet Seeds
- Direct sow: Spring - late Autumn
- Spacing: 30 cm apart
- Sowing depth: 15 mm
- Keep soil moist but not soggy while seeds are germinating
- Germination: 10 - 15 days
- Thin: 15 - 20 days
- Harvest: 30 - 60 days (pick leaves as needed)
- Watch out for slugs and snails!