Silverbeet planted along Wellington's main street is ready for harvest
The silverbeet planted along the traffic islands of Wellington's Lambton Quay is ready for harvest, and free to anyone who wants them.
Wellington City Council has only one request of anyone brave enough to eat the beets along the capital's Golden Mile – wash it thoroughly first.
The council will start tearing the plants out on Monday morning, and said anyone who wanted some should approach staff, who would help pick the plants.
"Please do not walk on the gardens and remove the plants yourself," council said.
"We plant silverbeet because of the interesting colours, textures and ability to stand up to our weather conditions. It's not wasted when we remove it – we compost all of our plant material, which is then used on future gardens."
Phillipa Garratt, the council's horticulture team leader, said previously that plantings began more than a decade ago, partly to show people beautiful and edible plants could be grown in the windswept city.
"Lambton Quay is a massive wind tunnel, especially in a northerly, but silverbeet is hardy and can stand up to Wellington's harsh winds."
The railway station has also featured silverbeet plantings in the past. When the crop is harvested, passersby often ask staff if they can take some home, Garratt said.