Description – Attractive, purple-skinned roots with pure white, succulent flesh, best eaten when golf ball size, although the flesh still remains succulent and bitter free when roots are larger. Easy to grow, quick to mature in under 8 weeks from sowing. Plants have a neat, compact growth making them ideal for early sowings under cloches or fleece. Prefers well-drained, moist, rich soil in full sun.
A rich source of the provitamin A, vitamins C and K and folate as well as the antioxidant carotenoids b-carotene and lutein.
Sowing – Sow March to July, at 4 week intervals. Sow thinly, 12mm (½in) deep in drills 30cm (12in) apart.
Growing – Thin seedlings to 7cm (3in) apart for small bulbs, or 1-15cm (4-6in) for larger bulbs.
Aftercare – Keep moist at all times for the most succulent roots and to minimise woodiness, bitter flesh and bolting.
Harvest – June to September