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Carrot facts and information

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Carrots are just so deliciously crunchy and tasty that I just want to munch into one all day. Widely considered one of the top 10 most important vegetables for an economy, they are also super easy to cook and eat.

Awesome facts

  • Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, providing more than 200% of your daily requirement in one carrot! Vitamin A is important for your vision, bones, skin and teeth.
  • It is true that eating a large (very large!) amount of carrots can turn your skin a yellowish orange – mainly seen on the palms or the soles of your feet.
  • Carrots are not just orange. They can also be red, white, purple and yellow.

Cooking, eating and preparation

If you are into gardening, there is nothing more satisfying than planting and growing your own carrots. However, supermarket bought carrots can be much more convenient if you don’t have the patience or inclination to wait 2-3 months!

Carrots can be cooked and eaten in lots of different ways. You can mash, boil, puree, grate, fry, steam, bake juice or simply eat it raw. They are an excellent source of baby food but are also commonly used in stir fries and soups.

To cook with a carrot, you should always use a vegetable peeler to remove the outer skin and chop off the green head of the carrot. Then you can chop, grate or chew it as required.

Fun ways to eat carrots

  • Use your carrots in a smoothie with celery, apple, ginger and oranges
  • Chop into neat little soldiers with some celery and cucumber and eat with hummus or other savoury dip
  • Eat is raw as a mid morning or afternoon snack
  • Dip it into some freshly made peanut butter to help dampen sugar cravings

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