The Story of Bull's Blood
The Dutch seedsman Kees Sahin bred this crop by selecting the plants with the darkest-colored leaves from a French strain of beets know as 'Crapaudine'.
Beets may have first emerged as crops that were prized for their greens. Round beets were not cultivated widely until after the year 1600. Beets are very popular vegetables in Eastern ad Central Europe and have one of the highest sugar contents of any vegetable.
The color from beetroot has been used as a dye for fabric, fiber, and food products. It is even said that Victorians used beets to dye their hair.