This beet, like the Common Long Blood, is a popular winter sort, retaining its color well when boiled.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
The common method of burying beets, and turnips, and all other roots out-door, is well understood.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
Beets were eaten plain in Aleppo, and it is still a common sight to see freshly peeled whole cooked beets on the lunch or dinner table.
Now we know why we'll never see a common fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) sitting on a beet.