The beet is a maroon-colored vegetable. The roots (i.e. taproot section) and the leaves are edible as well. We provide the dried and diced version of the beet for your purposes.
Dried beets are often used as an alternative, healthy sweetener, as well as a food colorant. They are often used for snacking purposes, and as a regular side dish in Indian foods.
Beets have been consumed regularly since the European Middle Ages. They also began being use in the 1800s CE as a wine colorant.
The beet is principally cultivated in North America.