Re: [gardeners] Re: Potatoes/spinach

Liz Albrook (
Mon, 26 Oct 1998 10:44:35 +0000

Bill Loke <> wrote:

> Beets are beta vulgaris var. vulgaris. Swiss chard is beta vulgaris
> var. flavescens. Spinach beets are beta vulgaris var. cicla. So they
> are all varieties of beets.

Yeup.  I find that swiss chard does taste different than the leaves 
from red beets but that the greens from golden beets taste like swiss 
chard.  I usually cut the leaves from golden beets twice before 
letting them regrow to form the bulb.  That's not what books 
recommend but it works for me here.  Neither beets nor chard grew 
well in my garden on the gulf coast.