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An Old World crop known to the Romans, but not cultivated for roots until much later. Beets are tasty and easy to grow, and both the roots and leaves can be used in cooking.
When growing beets for seed, spacing needs to be significantly increased, and staking the plants is recommended for support.
Beets are wind pollinated and capable of cross-pollination with other beetroot, and also with closely-related chard and spinach beet.