Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, which helps our vision, and contain more than almost any other vegetable. They also provide vitamin K to help keep our bones healthy and strong. We usually see orange carrots, but they can come in a wide variety of colors including yellow and purple. Each color has different antioxidants that our body needs!
Carrots are derived from a Middle Eastern crop called Queen Anne’s Lace. This wild ancestor is also a taproot crop but has a white root.
Selection & Storage
- Always choose carrots that are brightly colored and feel firm. Avoid carrots that feel limp or are sprouting.
- Trim off greens before storing carrots.
- Carrots store well in the fridge and can last for about 1-3 weeks. To keep them even longer, wrap them in in a paper towel to protect them from condensation.
- There’s no need to peel carrots unless they are going bad but be sure to wash them well
- If you choose to peel your carrots, save the peels to simmer in stock