Wild beetroot was gathered for the leaves, and that beetroot was grown for their root around the early Christian era. By the sixteenth century, the red beetroot had traveled widely and was being used as food in the United Kingdom.

In ancient times, people believed that the colour of beetroot showed how powerful it is.  Folklore has it that beetroot was eaten to aid the blood. The Greeks used beets to 'cool' blood, and Romans used beets to fight fever.

Carrot juice is often used as a 'base' juice in natural juice drinks, because it's natural sweetness hides other less palatable tastes. Many people mix carrot juice with beet juice for liver health. If it is a little too sweet, add cucumber or parsley juice.