Beim Anblick der kräftigen Stiele in ­leuchtenden Farben kommt kaum jemand auf die Idee, an Rüben zu denken. Dennoch ist der Mangold, botanisch Beta vulgaris, ein enger Verwandter der Futterrüben, Roten Rüben und Zuckerrüben. Während seine Artgenossen durch selektive Züchtung stark verändert wurden, behielt der Mangold weitgehend die Form, die er bereits in der Antike aufwies. Bis ins 18. Jahrhundert war Mangold ein sehr beliebtes Gemüse, geriet aber in Vergessenheit. Dank der neu entdeckten Freude an Vielfalt von Lebensmitteln gewinnt der Mangold zunehmend wieder an Boden – im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes.

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