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Carrots, which originated thousands of years ago, were not always orange. Instead, they grew in hues of white, purple, red, yellow, black and green. Another difference was that people once found the green, feathery leaves of the carrot to be more useful than its edible root. These leaves were used as a decorative addition to hairstyles and hats.

Although you don't find people wearing carrot feathers in their hair as often as you once did, you'll still find the carrot is a popular vegetable. Its crisp, delicious taste is a perfect addition to any entrée, but the carrot also makes a perfect snack all on its own. The carrot's natural high potency in Vitamin A helps the body produce more skin and membranes, which are constantly being broken down and replaced. Maintaining healthy skin and mucous membranes is vital to keeping us healthy as they help ward off invading organisms.

Health Benefits
Carrots are fat-and cholesterol-free, low in sodium, and a good source of fiber. They continue to be one of the best sources of vitamin A, which is essential for healthy hair, skin, eyes, bones, and mucous membranes, and prevents infections in the body.

Fun Facts

  • Carrots have a higher natural sugar content than all other vegetables with the exception of beets.
  • Baby carrots were once longer carrots that have been peeled, trimmed to 1-1/2–2 inches in length and packaged. True baby carrots are removed from the ground early and actually look like miniature carrots.
  • Carrots are a great source of beta carotene. In fact, carrots contain a group of plant pigments called carotenoids, and beta carotene is a member of this group. These plant pigments were first identified in carrots and therefore their name was derived from the word carrot.

Selection Tips
Quality carrots should be well-shaped with firm, smooth skin. Avoid flabby, soft, or wilted carrots.

Availability
The Fresh1 carrots come from California, and are available all year round.

Storage
Store them in the refrigerator, but in a plastic bag and away from foods with strong scents, as carrots tend to absorb odors.

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