|Rootin’ Tootin’ Knowledge|
There’s a few thing everyone knows about carrots… They’re a root, they taste great in soups or raw with a side of ranch and we love them! There is a lot more to carrots though than they’re wonderful taste! Did you know…
-Carrots weren’t always orange? Domesticated carrots originally came from the wild Queen Anne’s Lace which has white roots. Then came purple, red and yellow by way of domestication in central Asia. Dutch Farmers brought about orange carrots through selective breeding in the 1600s!
-There is no variety of carrot which is a “baby carrot.” Baby carrots are merely larger carrots which have been cut and peeled to the perfect 2 inch product we are familiar with. This began when a farmer in California was tired of throwing out blemished carrots!
-Carrots are great for your skin as well as your eyes and immune system.
-Cooking carrots releases 40% of it’s beneficial beta-carotene (vitamin A). As a comparison, eating a raw carrot only gives you 3%.
-You CAN replant carrots to harvest seeds! After a period of cooling (in a fridge or root cellar), chose your favorite (even take a bite to taste flavor), replant them, allow the leaves to regrow, flower and harvest the seeds!
-California is the largest producer of carrots in the US
-Approximately 2,000 carrot seeds can fit into a teaspoon!
-Carrots were the first vegetable to be commercially canned