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Jun 26 2013

Carrots Are Not Just For Bunnies

Carrots

Carrots Are Not Just For Bunnies

We pulled our first carrots from the garden last night! Sweet little tender beauties, we quickly devoured them in a salad made from garden fresh butter crunch lettuce, peas, strawberries and raw almonds ( fresh from the market). Topped with just a  just a drizzle of vinaigrette. Yum. Why am I sharing the specifics about our salad? I forgot to take a photo :-(  On a side note we gave some carrot pieces to Izzy too. He loves carrots. They are his treats.

fresh garden carrots Katherines Corner

I love learning new things.I did a little research and discovered that carrots are a root vegetable that originated in the Middle East. They are part of the Umbelliferae family. Their other family members include celery, parsley, dill, cilantro, caraway, cumin, and….. the poisonous hemlock!

Hippocrates created a soup made of carrots, celery, parsley, and leeks. He must not have realized how great they are in a fresh salad with a bit of vinaigrette. :-)

fresh carrots food photo

 

Dutch carrot growers invented the orange carrot in the 16th century for the Dutch Royal Family by crossing yellow carrots with red carrots, which increased the beta carotene and produced the orange color.

Orange carrots made their way to England in 1558 during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and British ladies would use carrot tops to decorate their hats. We Brits love our hats!

 

fresh carrot tops photograph

Carrots arrived in the North America in 1607 and later Thomas Jefferson grew them in his garden in 1814.

One cup of raw carrots contains about 52 calories.

Yes, carrots are good for your vision. They contain beta carotene and are high in vitamin A which is a nutrient essential for good vision.

Now here’s some info I know well- Plant carrot seeds in rows about two feet apart and plant the seeds about 1/2 inch deep and 1-2 inches apart. There are several varieties of carrots. Ours are Scarlet Nantes

Carrots can be harvested at almost any time in their growth cycle providing the tops can be seen . Baby carrots are a delicious!

Well that’s it my sweet bloggy friends. Some fun facts about carrots.

Now I have a desire to watch a bugs bunny cartoon and start using the phrase “what’s up doc?”

Did I share something today that you didn’t know?

See you at the Thursday Favorite Things hop!

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  1. Janine Huldie

    Oh I do love carrots any way I can get them and thank you for the fun facts, too this morning. Happy Wednesday!! :)

  2. Heather @ new house, new home, new life

    Great info, Katie. I didn’t know a lot of these – especially how carrots got their colour. Something to remember the next time I buy some. I didn’t grow any in the garden this year because I wasn’t happy with last year’s yield – for some reason I didn’t get very many. I’ll give it another go next year.

    We picked lettuce last night too!

  3. Melissa B

    Fun facts ! =)
    I didnt know alot of those, thanks!
    I love carrots!

    Have a great day!
    Melissa

  4. aquariann

    Carrots are one of my favorite veggies! Yours look delicious.

    ♥ aquariann
    Featured Photo:Full Moon Through Tree

  5. Rosey

    I did learn some things. :) I like carrots, raw is my fave way to eat them.

  6. Alex J. Cavanaugh

    Those are some good looking carrots. Doesn’t surprise me Izzy enjoyed them. Seems odd, but most dogs dig carrots.

  7. Ms. A

    I did read some things I didn’t know, not that there’s much chance I’ll remember it. Lady, those are some beautiful, perfect looking carrots! Yum!

  8. Jill

    Your carrots look delicious Katherine! I must get to planting some in our garden – nothing like home grown! And thanks for all the carrot facts! Hat toppers indeed!! :)

  9. Ashley

    Thanks for the facts! I love carrots and wish I had a yard to grow them in.

  10. small Kucing

    hey i didnt know that …LOL….too bad I dont have any space to grow them

  11. Paula Parrish

    I did learn a few things about carrots that I didn’t know, like where they got their color and when they came to North America. Carrots are super yummy and fun to grow. ;o)

  12. Linda

    Lucky you. My garden just doesn’t get enough sun for carrots, but the lettuce is abundant!

  13. elisabeth@foodandthrift

    Hi Katie, I honestly did not know the history of the carrots, but I do know about the wonderful benefits and vitamins we get from carrots…and I love them! Thanks for sharing!

  14. waldorfinspiredmoms

    Hi Katherine,

    YUM! Your salad sounds wonderful and I’m so inspired to grow some sweet carrots myself! Thanks for sharing…Lori

  15. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    I love really fresh baby carrots. Almost like candy!

  16. BeBetsy

    Katharine – love the post this week and congrats on your first carrots! Have a wonderful Sunday..xo

    Sharon and Denise
    PS. thanks for sharing on BeBetsy Brag About It and always linking back – you’re a dear.

  17. BeBetsy

    HELLO! It’s Sharon and Denise over at BeBetsy….

    You’ve been FEATURED on the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT No. 11. CONGRATS TO YOU!

    Our next party starts at midnight tonight so find something cool to BRAG ABOUT and link it up.

    Have a terrific day – stay cool in this heat – and take care. -xo

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