Carrots are one of the most widely used vegetables in the world and available all year around. But what makes this veggie so popular and why should we eat it?
Carrots can be tracked back as far as 5, 000 years to the lands of Iran and Afghanistan. Back then, almost all cultivated carrots were purple. The orange colored carrots we know today were introduced in the late 16th century.
People first grew carrots as medicine, not food.
Today, carrots come in various colors, like black, pink, purple, yellow, white and the most common one, orange. This veggie can be sliced, grated, juiced, julienned, sautéed, puréed, baked as chips and the list goes on. But it’s not only the various ways to eat the veggie that makes it so popular; It has a long list of health advantages!
Carrots are best known for their rich supply of beta-carotene, in addition to a wide variety of antioxidants and other nutrients. It’s also said that carrots help lower the risk of cancer, prevent heart attacks, improve vision and reduce the signs of aging. Furthermore, they have the ability to increase the health of your skin, improve digestion and boost the immune system. Makes you want to buy some more carrots, right?
If you feel inspired to add more carrots to your diet, remember that there are more fun ways to eat them than just munch on them. Here is some inspiration:
The sweet and earthy taste is perfect in warm soups, and gives it a creamy consistence. You can either make a carrot soup or add it to a vegetable soup.
Carrot cake and carrot muffins, do we need to say more? Get creative an add carrots to your baking.
Rasp or cut your carrots in small pieces and add to your salad. Not only does it add some color to your meal, but it tastes crunchy and delicious.
Have you ever tried rasping a carrot and add on top of a toast with some cream cheese? If the answer is no, you know what you got to do!
If you have a juicer, juice your carrots. Perfect addition to your breakfast or just when you’re feeling thirsty. The bright color and strong flavor will make your day.
By Henriette Danielsen