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Sunday, 19 January 2014

Carrot

Carrots with yellow flesh and a purple exterior were first cultivated in Afghanistan, its native land 4,000 years ago . They were also cultivated in the Mediterranean area, but weren’t considered to be an important food there. Instead they were grown for their leaves which have a pleasant fragrance.

To make butter more attractive in color, carrot juice was used by people in the Middle Ages.

The word ‘carrot’ first appeared in English around 1538 in a book of herbs. Before that a carrot was called a ‘tank’ (from 1400) or ‘clapwype (1425).

Carrots were originally purple, white, red or yellow. The Dutch bred orange carrots in the 16th century in honor of their Royal House of Orange. Orange carrots were considered a symbol of prestige.

Orange carrots first became popular in England during Queen Elizabeth I's reign.

Britain created the myth that carrots improve eyesight to distract the Nazis from a new technology, Radar, they had developed for night raids. When the newspapers asked how pilots were shooting down Nazi planes in the dark, the RAF simply responded that all the carrots the pilots had been eating improved their vision.

Baby carrots (aka baby cut carrots) are actually just the cores of carrots not fit for store shelves, and were only invented in 1986.

European leaders in Brussels ruled on November 7, 1990 that carrots are a fruit — because they can be made into jam.


The type of carrot Bugs Bunny usually eats is a species called Danvers.

Mel Blanc, who voiced Bugs Bunny was allergic to carrots. He had a spittoon installed in his studio so he could spit out carrots when he had to bite on them.

Carrots aren't actually that good for rabbits, since they are high in sugar, and they don't form a natural part of their diet.

11% of all pet rabbits have tooth decay due to their owners feeding them too many carrots.

If you laid all the carrots grown in Great Britain in one year end to end, they would reach to the moon and back two and a half times.

The world's biggest carrot producer is China, which in 2011 accounted for more than 45 per cent of the global output.

The world's longest carrot measured 19 feet 1.96 inches and was grown by Joe Atherton of the UK in 2007.

The part of the carrot that we eat is called the taproot.

Carrot on a plate. By Bi-frie Wikipedia Commons

A raw carrot is still alive when you eat it.

Carrot juice is ten times more radioactive than beer.

Source Food For Thought by Ed Pearce, Daily Express 

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