60 days. [Introduced 1880. The parent strain of the Egyptian beet was introduced from Germany in 1865. 'Crosby Egyptian' became commercially available in 1880 after seedsman James Gregory purchased this beet from market gardener Josiah Crosby.] This variety has been selected and refined over the years. Roots grow 3 to 5 in., are very flattened in shape, and grow virtually on the surface of the soil. The roots have a dull red skin and dark red interior. Pkt.