(Amaranthaceae Beta vulgaris) 55 days. The most popular, old standard, all-purpose red beet; uniform and smooth, blood red flesh that is sweet and tasty. 14" tops make good greens. An Heirloom variety that was introduced 1892. An early variety, Detroit Dark Red beets store well and are also good for canning and freezing. The dark-green leaves striped with red are wonderful braised or in salads.