One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Beet of a variety which is cultivated for its leaves, which resemble spinach in taste and appearance.
Beta vulgaris subsp. (or variety ) cicla, family Chenopodiaceae
- ‘Towards the end of the month a first cut of spinach beet is made from under the cloches.’
- ‘The broad beans and peas are getting away nicely and several rows of beetroot, spinach beet and fennel have begun to germinate.’
- ‘The spinach beet should be planted together with the other plants in the willow basket at the end of spring.’
- ‘Both Swiss chard and spinach beet are virtually trouble-free, but slugs may attack young plants in spring.’
- ‘Steam or boil a few large handfuls of spinach beet for 3 mins.’
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