Carrot, one of world’s most consumed vegetable, known for its sweet delicious taste, rich in antioxidant nutrients.
Carrot can be described as a tapering orange-coloured root and over 100 species can be found, some are big, small and comes in a variety of colours, orange which is well known, purple, white, yellow and red, it is eaten as a vegetable and have a lot of health benefits.
The name “carrot” comes from the Greek word “Karaton” the beta-carotene found in carrots was named for the carrot itself.
Ever wondered why rabbits love carrots?
They like the sweetness so does humans and the fact that it is packed with so many nutrients.
The history of carrots can be traced as far as thousand of years ago, cultivated in Central Asian and Middle Eastern countries. Carrots became widely cultivated during the 15th and 16th Centuries in Europe and was brought to North America during the same time.
Carrot is an excellent source of vitamin A and a host of other health benefits. Consuming carrots is very beneficial to the eyes, skin, prevents cancer and anti-aging. Studies have shown that carrots reduce the risk of lung, breast and colon cancer.
Carrots can be eaten in a variety of ways, steamed, fried, cooked in soups and stews, can also be pureed and use as baby food. Grated carrots are used in carrot cakes as well as puddings and juices.
Ancestors of the carrot came from Iran and Afghanistan and were grown for their aromatic leaves and seeds and not their roots, the seeds were found in Switzerland and Southern Germany as far as 3000BC, European settlers introduced carrot to America in the 17the Century.
Carrots is also known to cleanse the body, the fibres present in carrots help to clean the colon, eating the vegetable can clean your teeth and mouth and the minerals in carrots aids in the prevention of tooth decay.