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Leaf beet, Spinach beet [Beta vulgaris L. var. cicla L.]

  • Plant
    Plant
  • Leaf
    Leaf
  • Root
    Root

Explanations

Origin
Wild species of Beta are found in wide area, i.e. around the Mediterranean Sea, West Asia and Northern Europe.
Immediate origin is regarded as B. maritima. Cultivation for edible leaf and root has begun from 400 B.C..
After then, Leaf beet introduced to japan via china. This oriental type is smaller than european type.
Characteristics
Appearance of leaf beet is similar to spinach, but Leaf beet is larger.
Leaf shape is ovoid figure or even long-ovoid figure and leaves are lustrous.
Uses
The leaves are used to cooking.