The Story of Detroit Dark Red
This heirloom variety's history dates back to 1892 when Mr. Reeves of Port Hope Ontario, Canada introduced it after having selected for specific traits and characteristics from Early Blood Turnip beet.
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.