Know Your Produce? Carrots

Carrots are a staple in many households making them seem everyday. We deliver bunched carrots, baby carrots, juicing carrots, bulk carrots and rainbow carrots throughout the year. We also have other varieties of heirloom carrots during our local growing season. Learn more about this great root vegetable below!

Locally Grown Carrots

Locally Grown Carrots

Carrots are a natural favorite because they are so easy to incorporate into your diet. Appetizers, juice, salads, soups, casseroles and my current favorite, pasta dishes, all commonly call for carrots. Besides their likeable sweetness carrots may be a common part of the American diet because they surpass the seasons. Carrots grow year round in several parts of the United States. Another logistical reason we love the bunched carrots is that their leafy greens provide a soft landing for more fragile produce. These leafy greens are not just for decoration. They also provide good nutrition. You can add them to recipes or juice them. Carrots also have a longer shelf life than some other produce. We buy the freshest carrots we can find.

Of all vegetables carrots hold second place for the highest sugar content. Only beets supersede them. I have read numerous articles that say this is why children usually like them, but I’m not sure because logic would say children would like beets as much or more and I have not found that to be true. Carrots are so popular in America with both children and adults that they are the primary source of Vitamin A (derived from beta-carotene) in the American diet.

When preparing your carrots you should always carefully wash them. Although they are rinsed at the farm they may still have bacteria from the soil. Some people like to peel carrots. This isn’t necessary and I would recommend using a vegetable scrubbing brush instead. You can remove the greens for storage if you do not plan to use them.

Carrots
Per 1 Cup Serving: 52 Calories Fat 0.2 grams, Carb. 11 grams
Vitamin A 686.30%
Vitamin K 221.10%
Vitamin C 20%
Dietary Fiber 15%
Potassium 12%
Vitamin B 6 11%
Manganese 10%
Molybdenum 9%
Vitamin B1 9%
Vitamin B3 7%
Phosphorus 6%
Magnesium 5%
Foliate 5%

First posted in 2007 http://www.BrownBoxOrganics.com

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