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Carrot

Carrot

The history of carrots can be traced back thousands of years and while we typically think of carrots as a bright orange, historically, they were more commonly available in purple, white, red, and yellow varieties. Today, China produces about one-third of all carrots in the global market. Carrots are a great source of vitamins and minerals, and make an excellent easy healthy snack.

Seasonality

Sep-Nov

Selection & Storage

When choosing carrots, choose veggies that are uniform in color from top to bottom and that have smooth and crack-free skin. A little green at the top of the carrot is harmless, but a dark coloring at the crown indicates that the carrot is getting old.

Avoid buying carrots that have begun sprouting at the tip, have become limp, or any that have blemishes, squishy spots, or big green areas at the top.

Carrots can be kept in the refrigerator for up to a month if washed, dried and stored with the tops removed. If put in tubs of cool, moist sand, carrots can be stored for several months.

Clever Uses

Carrots can be used as an inexpensive face mask. Just mix grated carrot with a bit of honey and leave on skin for 10 minutes.

Bake up a bunch of carrot fries for a healthy twist on greasy french fries.

Use a spiralizer or a veggie peeler to create carrot noodles, which are a great low-calorie, gluten-free, nutrient-packed pasta alternative.

Food Science

The beta-carotene that is found in carrots was actually named for the carrot, it is very beneficial to the eyes, and it’s what lends the carrot it’s orangey color!

Cooking Tips

Sauteing carrots brings out their natural sweetness.

Overcooking carrots can destroy some of their nutrients.

A handful of raw shredded carrots can be a great addition to a salad .

Steaming carrots retains nutrients; fill the bottom of the steamer with 2 inches of water and bring to a rapid boil. Slice carrots ¼-inch thick and steam for 5 minutes.

Health Benefits

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which the liver converts into vitamin A. This vitamin is very good for vision.

Vitamin A and antioxidants found in carrots help protect the skin from sun damage. A deficiency of vitamin A can cause dry skin, hair, and nails.

Eating carrots helps clean your teeth and mouth. Carrots help prevent cavities from forming and scrape off plaque and food particles just like a toothbrush would.

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