today, where the folks at Tip Top Farms described them as "Italian Beets". Googling for Italian beets mostly returns results on chioggas. So, to some extent I am speculating that these are cylindras because, well, they appear to be cylindrical.
My childhood experience with beets was limited to the canned variety. I disliked them. Apparently beets still have a bad rap though. As a result, seed hawkers resort to the nutrition pitch:
Double duty crop. Beets return double your money – the roots are delicious and nutritious, while the greens are edible and attractive.When you are hawking seeds for an unusually shaped beet, still and yet more inventiveness is required:
Elongated 6-8 in. beets, with more uniform slices than round types.