Red beetroots are included as an ingredient in several processed dishes, chiefly salads. The fresh roots are usually consumed cooked as a vegetable. Once cooked they can be preserved in vinegar (pickled) or sugar. This pickled vegetable is the base to obtain beetroot wine and a hot sauce. From beetroot we also obtain betacyanin, a natural pigment used for obtaining a colouring matter at industrial level. This colouring is used in food industries to colour several products
They are very difficult to cook, since they must be boiled for a long time. This has been one of the reasons make pre-cooked beetroot one of the first products included in the new range of pre-cooked food.