Mostly-Wordless Not-Wednesday: regrow beet greens in one week, eh?

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As proof that kitchen miracles so exist, here are four vegetables that regrow in one week with just water and sunshine. […] [A]ll members of the turnip family (beets, turnips, parsnips) can regrow their greens
– Jaime Brockway, Use, Regrow, Repeat: 4 Vegetables that Regrow in One Week, Food52

Regrow the greens in one week? How great would that be? J’adore beet greens!!

So I tried it, using a Farmers’ Market Beet (the greens attached to this particular bunch of beets were wonderful; so were the beets themselves):

regrowing beet greens: day2
4 August 2015 – after one day
regrowing beet greens: day8
11 August 2015 – after eight days

I was pretty excited to see that a tip of a leaf had emerged after just one day. I was less than excited to see how slowly the leaf was growing. …strong growth in just one week, eh?

Well, I guess that it’s not exactly false. There is growth in just one week, after all. But I don’t think I’ll hold my breath until it’s time to stir-fry kitchen counter beet greens….

(The glass is a shot glass. The mouth is about 5 cm in diameter.) - 4 vegetables that regrow wp-image-2236 [R]eserve the tops of carrots and regrow greens from them. Just chop off the tops of the carrots, leaving about a half-inch to an inch of the top. Place in a shallow container, add water, and put in a sunny spot. After a week, you should see some strong carrot greens. And really, all members of the turnip family (beets, turnips, parsnips) can regrow their greens this way, not just carrots.
– Jaime Brockway, Use, Regrow, Repeat: 4 Vegetables that Regrow in One Week, Food52 | How to Grow a Beet Without Seeds wp-image-2240 Root vegetables, like beets, do not necessarily need to grow from seed, and can flourish indoors.

  1. Slice off the top portion of a beet with a kitchen knife. Take no more than one-third of the beet.
  2. Fill a glass, mug or bowl with water. Place the beet top into the water, with the cut side facing downward.
  3. Set the glass on a windowsill, counter or table that is close to the window, so the beet top will receive adequate sunlight.
  4. Change out the water every few days to prevent bacterial growth and keep the water fresh.
  5. Harvest the beet greens once they begin to grow greens and shoots. The beet will produce greens for several weeks.
    – Melissa J. Bell, How to Grow a Beet in Water Without Seeds, SFGate | Home Guides

edit 13 August 2015: I was amazed to see the tiniest sprout of a new leaf this morning!! So, even though it’s the Dog Days of August and just about to get quite hot again, I stuck the whole thing in the garden. Maybe it will produce more greens. Maybe it will produce them a little faster….

regrowing beet greens: day10
13 August 2015 – after ten days




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1 response to “Mostly-Wordless Not-Wednesday: regrow beet greens in one week, eh?

  1. Barbara M

    Urgh, that has a bit of a carcass-watch look aside from the little leaf. Maybe you should start again. Although I’m eager to see more daily pics.


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