What is the history of beets?

Beets descend from a wild ancestor, which grew along North African, Asian, and European sea shores. In these earlier times, people exclusively ate the beet greens and not the roots. The ancient Romans were among the first to cultivate beets to use their roots as food. The tribes that invaded Rome spread beets throughout northern Europe, where they became more popular in the 16th century.
Beets descend from a wild ancestor, which grew along North African, Asian, and European sea shores. In these earlier times, people exclusively ate the beet greens and not the roots. The ancient Romans were among the first to cultivate beets to use their roots as food. The tribes that invaded Rome spread beets throughout northern Europe, where they became more popular in the 16th century.