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Week 12: Carrots

CarrotsAll About It:

What’s up, Doc? Carrots are packed with beta-carotene, which your body uses to make Vitamin A. And Vitamin A is important for eye health, growth and your immune system. Carrots are low in fat and calories, but also high in fiber, Vitamin K, potassium and antioxidants.

Here are some other rabbit-fast facts you may not know about carrots:

  • Carrots are made up of about 88 percent water.
  • For much of their history, carrots have been eaten not for food — but for their medicinal properties. Romans commonly grew carrots because they believed they were aphrodisiacs.
  • Orange carrots have only been popular for the last 500 years. It wasn’t until the 1600s when the Dutch growers selectively cultivated the modern orange carrot that we know today.
  • Carrots can be white, yellow, red and purple.
  • Carrots are one of the more sugary vegetables — although a medium carrot only contains about 3 grams of sugar. Perhaps for this reason, carrots have been used traditionally to make sweet desserts, like carrot cake.


Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

Roasted Carrots with Fennel Seeds

Gingerbread Spice Cake

Fresh Food Links:

MFMA: Find a Farmers' Market Near You

Minnesota Grown

University of Minnesota Extension: Growing Carrots and Other Root Vegetables in the Garden