Acelgas is Spanish for chard (Beta vulgaris var. cicla) and is in the same species of plant as the sugar beet in the goosefoot family (that Chenopodiaceae). Beta is Latin for beet and vulgaris in this case means simply "common". Originally, I was interested in growing the seeds of this cultivar since Magdalena, New Mexico, USA in Socorro County, NM (south of Albuquerque) but I was wrong about the location. The Native Seed Search (NSS) website mentions that Jesus Garcia of Tucson, Arizona grew this plant from Magdalena, Sonora, Mexico. Both Tucson and Magdelena, Sonora, Mexico are in the Sonoran Desert. Originally, I was interested in growing the seeds of this cultivar since Magdalena, New Mexico, USA in Socorro County, NM but I was wrong about the location. I was not in the least bit disappointed with the plant. Quite the contrary. After growing it for three seasons in both wooden and concrete raised beds of soil, I love it's mild, fresh taste. and hardiness. It responds well to watering but can withstand a drought. It can take a lickin' and keep on tickin' into the late fall in November at the mile high elevation of Albuquerque. Kudos to all associated with this plant. Note: When seed saving of this variety please be mindful of the NSS guidelines since other chards (like Swiss Chard) and beets can hybridize with it. Not good if you want to further this precious living resource.