Touchstone Gold Round Yellow Beetroot
- EARLY TO MID-MATURING, YELLOW NOVELTY BEETROOT
- WIDELY ADAPTED – ALL YEAR ROUND PRODUCTION
- VIBRANT GOLDEN YELLOW INTERNAL ROOT COLOUR
- HIGH QUALITY ROOTS WITH A SWEET TASTE
Touchstone Gold is an early to medium maturing yellow specialty beetroot. Touchstone Gold has vibrant yellow to golden, smooth, globe-shaped roots with small crowns and taproots. The roots have very little to no internal zoning and a sweet taste. Touchstone Gold can be roasted, cooked and due to its sweet and delicious taste, it is ideal to consume raw in fresh salads or as a garnish. The yellow pigment does not stain and the root retains its beautiful yellow colour when cooked. Touchstone Gold has a strong, erect, light green foliage with light yellow petioles that has a sweet taste which could also be used in salads. Touchstone Gold has intermediate resistance to Cercospora leaf spot/Cb (Cercospora beticola).
SPECIAL VARIETAL REQUIREMENTS
- Sakata do not recommend sowing during April, May and June in areas prone to heavy frost.
- Contact a Sakata area representative for a beetroot sowing guide.
CHARACTERISTIC: TOUCHSTONE GOLD
KIND: Yellow novelty beetroot (Beta vulgaris L.)
SOWING SEASON: All year round
MATURITY: Early to medium.
Warm season: 70 – 85 days from sowing.
Cool season: 90 – 105 days from sowing. Note: maturity depends on sowing date, production location and seasonal variations
ROOT DIMENSIONS: Small to medium (25mm – 55mm). Root size is influenced by the plant population
ROOT SHAPE: Globe
ROOT UNIFORMITY (SHAPE AND SIZE): Excellent
EXTERNAL ROOT/SKIN COLOUR: Orange to gold
INTERIOR ROOT/FLESH COLOUR: Golden yellow
INTERNAL ZONING: Very faint, little to none
ROOT SKIN SMOOTHNESS: Smooth
ROOT TASTE/BRIX (SUGAR CONTENT): Sweet, medium to high (10 – 11%)
TAPROOT APPEARANCE: Short, small and neat
TOP/FOLIAGE HEIGHT: Medium tall, 30 – 35cm
LEAF/FOLIAGE HEALTH AND HABIT: Erect/upright
LEAF/FOLIAGE COLOUR AND GLOSS: Light green with light yellow petioles
PERCENTAGE LEAF PURPLING: Not applicable
CROWN SIZE: Small
LEAF ATTACHMENT (SIZE AND STRENGTH): Medium and weak to average
BOLTING REACTION: Very slow to bolt – high tolerance
DISEASE RESISTANCE (SCIENTIFIC):
Intermediate resistance: Cercospora beticola (Cb)
SUGGESTED SOWING DENSITY: Density depends on the season, sprout count, size requirement of the roots and the target market/uses of the final product, however we suggest:
Pre-pack beetroot: 350 000 – 550 000 seeds per hectare.
Baby beetroot: 900 000 – 1 200 000 seed per hectare
MARKET USES: Baby beetroot, bunched and pre-pack
SPECIAL FEATURES, BENEFITS AND REMARKS: Excellent yellow beetroot variety adapted for all year round production. Excellent colour and taste suitable for raw consumption in fresh salads or as garnish.