What are carrots?
- Carrots are a usually orange root vegetable with long feathery leaves
- Carrots are a member of the parsley family and are related to parsnips and fennel
- They have a crisp texture when fresh
What nutrients do they contain?
An average portion of cooked carrots contains
- 266% of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin A which is needed for healthy skin, teeth and bones, and it also helps to promote good vision, especially in low light
- 5% of your recommended daily allowance of potassium which is important for metabolic reactions and to maintain normal cell function
- 27 calories and 0.1g of fat
Where and when are they grown?
Carrots are grown
- In the UK year round
How are they grown and harvested?
- Seeds are direct drilled in the field between January and May
- Early season carrots are harvested in June and July
- Main season carrots are harvested from August to November
- Late season carrots are covered with straw in the autumn to protect the roots from frost then harvested from December to the following May
How do I ensure my carrots are kept fresh?
- Best kept refrigerated in their packaging
How can I best use and enjoy carrots?
- Carrots are extremely versatile, and can be eaten raw or cooked in a variety of dishes
- Carrots make good soups and are often used as a base ingredient for stews, curries, stir-frys and bakes
Did you know?
- In Elizabethan times women used the feathery stalks of carrots to decorate hats, dresses and coats