- Orange to deep red
- Variously sized dice
- Firm, smooth texture
One of the most popular root vegetables, the carrot is a member of the Umbelliferae family of plants but is also commonly considered part of the Apiaceae family. Sharing some botanical traits with parsley, celery, fennel, caraway, and dill, this taproot grows as small as two inches to as long as three feet, topped with feathery green leaves that closely resemble anise.
Carrots are known for their rich supply of carotenoids, a rich group of phytonutrient antioxidants that are beneficial to the cardiovascular system and cell renewal process. While popular opinion suggests carrots be proven to aid in eye health, there are few studies to support this claim. There has been significant research in the area of colon cancer, showing a positive link between carrot juice and colon cell health.
The history of carrots dates back to the pre-900s in the Middle East where they were mostly purple, red, or yellow, not the iconic orange color we know today. It was not until the carrot found its way to Northern Europe in the 1500s that the plant began being cultivated to favor the mutated yellow form, most popular with Dutch growers. Legend holds that this was done to honor the great William of Orange or to give thanks to King William I as a tribute to his conquest of Spain. Through gradual selection in Europe, the orange Carrot became the standard variety of the vegetable, as it remains today.
Storage & handling:
Store in a cool, dry place
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