origins of carrot
Carrots originated in Afghanistan (or possibly Iran and/or Pakistan) and have been cultivated for at least 5,000 years. The original carrots were white, purple, red or yellow... but not orange. Carrots were first grown as a medicine not a food .The ancient Greeks cultivated carrots, and passed them onto the Romans. The ancient Greeks called the carrot a philtron ("love charm"). They believe the carrot made people fall in love. The carrot had travelled to China, Japan, and India by the 13th century.In the 16th century, the orange carrot was developed in the Netherlands in honor of the House of Orange, the Dutch Royal Family. Yellow carrots were cross-bred with red carrots. Carrots were among the first crops brought to America by the colonists in Jamestown in 1607.
What to Look for When Buying Carrots:
If the tops are on, look for crisp leaves with no moldy or mushy parts to them, nor any cracks or nicks on the carrots. If prepackaged inspect bag closely.
Nutrition Facts and Information about Carrot
Carrot is a good source of minerals such as potassium, and manganese. It also contains some amount of sodium, fluoride, phosphorus, iron, zinc, copper, selenium, and calcium.
Benefits of carrot
Benefits of carrot
- Improves Vision.
- Cancer prevention.
- Healthy Glowing skin.
- Powerful antiseptic [applied on cuts - shredded raw or boiled and mashed].
- Nourishes the skin.
- cleanse the body.
- reduces the risk of stroke.
- prevent heart disease.
- Dental health [ cleanses the teeth].
- burns more fat.
Largest producer of carrot
China is Carrot production King of the World , the US ranks among the other top nations in the production of carrots Russia, Japan, France and the United Kingdom are also leading producers.
Facts of carrot
- The Worlds Longest Carrot recorded in 2007 was 5.839 metres (19 feet 1 7/8 inches).
- The Worlds Heaviest Carrot recorded in 1998 was 18.985 lb (8.61kg) (single root mass).
- Carrots were first grown as a medicine not a food.
- The average person will consume 10,866 carrots in a lifetime.
- The Ancient Greeks called carrots "Karoto".
- Carrots are not always orange and can also be found in purple, white, red or yellow.