Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Beetroot: selected cultivars: Boltardy

Beetroot: Boltardy

Grown on my allotment in 2004

Smallish globe roots. Good growth performance.

In taste tests, it performed averagely. Flavour is relatively sweet. A bitter aftertaste was noted in one sample, although damage to roots may have contributed to this.

Boltardy is a very popular and reliable globe-shaped beetroot. It was first introduced in the early 1960s. Boltardy is a tried-and-tested cultivar, which is used as a yardstick against which other beetroot are measured. Plant breeders, for instance, assess the bolting resistance of new cultivars in comparison to it. Boltardy can be sown early (March) due to its good resistance to bolting. It has medium-sized and evenly-shaped globular roots, with smooth skin and deep red flesh. It has a good texture, without visible zones or rings, and a fresh sweet flavour. It is often exhibited and grows well in containers. In Australia, it may be known as Melbourne Early Slowbolt.

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