Carrots, raw

Fun Facts

  1. The carrot is a root vegetable with the most commonly eaten part being the taproot.
  2. The carrot is usually orange in colour although purple, red, white, and yellow varieties also exist.
  3. The domesticated carrot that we know today originated from the wild carrot called Daucus carota which was native to Europe and south western Asia.
  4. The actual plant of a carrot (greens above ground) can grow up to 1 m (3.2 ft) tall and flowers around June to August (northern hemisphere summer) with a bright white flower.
  5. Cultivated carrots are usually made up of about 88% water, 7% sugar, 1% protein, 1% fibre, 1% ash, and 0.2% fat.
  6. Carrots are cooked and eaten in various different ways. The vegetable is often pulped, mashed, boiled, puréed, grated, fried, steamed, stewed, baked, juiced or eaten raw. Carrots are typically used in stir-fries and salads but also in soups and added to baby foods or pet foods. They can be dehydrated or deep-fried to make chips, flakes, and powder.