Carrots are one of the indispensible vegetables in dishes all over the world due to its delicious and nutritious character. Carrots come in varieties other than the common orange ones; however, your knowledge about this edible root might be a bit hazy due to common misconceptions. Know more about carrots by checking out the following facts:
10. 20 Shades of Carrot
There are about 20 different species of carrots found all over the world. The variety of carrots comes with a variety of colors like yellow, dark purple and even white. In fact, the orange carrots originated from the mutation of purple carrots that had yellow-orange cores.
9. You Can’t Plant Baby Carrots
Although you might think that baby carrots are a type of carrots, they are not. The commercial baby carrots are a result of shaping flawed carrots by cutting and peeling them to the shape of little cute carrots. The idea originated from Mike Yurosek, a California farmer. His idea is highly appreciated as it makes this nutritious vegetable appeal as a healthy snack.
8. Carrots Are Sugary
Slow down on eating carrots assuming they are danger-free. Carrots contain four kinds of sugars: xylose, glucose, fructose and fructose. Nonetheless, carrots contain minute amounts of starch. This doesn’t mean that a sugar cautious individual should skip carrots completely; nutrients like manganese, calcium, fibers, potassium and vitamins A, B6, C and K makes carrots worth including in all types of diets.
7. Carrots Originated in Afghanistan
Historical records reveal that carrots were grown in Afghanistan around the 9th century and spread to the Middle East and North Africa in the 10th century. Later in the 1300s, the delicious vegetable arrived to Spain and reached Northern European gardens. Carrots also found their way to China as they have an obvious presence in the Chinese cuisine.
6. It Grows from Seeds
The core of a carrot is not its seed, yet carrots do have seeds. Carrot seeds are found in a schizocarp which is a dry fruit that separates to release the seeds. Carrot seeds have their own benefits because they have aromatic properties. For instance, they are used in herbal medicine and is used as a spice.
5. Carrots Have Eccentric Names
Carrots are categorized into two main types, wild and domestic, yet there are much more variety to carrots. Types include Long Orange, Crème de Lite, Scarlet Nantes, Sirkana, Red Core Chantenay, Top Cut, Little finger, Early Short Horns and Imperators. These types are further classified according to their length and size.
4. Carrots Have a Beta-carotene Treasure
Beta-carotene, the yellow-orange pigment that gives carrots their colors, are found in carrots more than any other fruit or vegetable. The advantage of taking in beta-carotene is that is changes to vitamin A inside our bodies. Vitamin A has several benefits like improving our immunity, eyesight and skin health.
3. Carrots Can Be Left in the Ground throughout Winter
There are special farming techniques that allow leaving carrots in the ground throughout the season of freezing cold. The cold of the ground increases the concentration of sugars inside carrots making them full of flavor.
2. Cooking Carrots Releases More of Its Nutrients
Unlike many food items that lose their nutritional value upon cooking, carrots’ nutritional value increases with cooking. In fact, exposing carrots to heat releases 40% more beta-carotene than what would be released when you eat the carrots raw. Recipes including cooked vegetables are not hard to find because carrots are suitable for soups, main dishes and even desserts.
1. Carrots Contain More Water than Us
The average human body is composed of about 60% of water while carrots are composed of about 88%. Thus, eating the nutrient-filled, tasty vegetable will contribute to your overall hydration, which is certainly a plus.