The Story of Chioggia
This historic variety dates back the early 1800s in Italy and is named for a fishing town near Venice. It was introduced to the United States before 1865.
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.