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Carrot (Daucus carota) Trivia

  • Carrot seeds are so tiny, 2,000 will fit in a teaspoon

  • Carrots can be traced back 5,000 years, but were often thought to be a parsnip, so history is unsure of exactly when the first appeared.

  • Baby carrots-are not babies. Mike Yurosek, a California farmer, cut down carrots so those with blemishes were not wasted….

  • Carrots can be left in the ground all winter.

  • Carrots are 88% water

  • Carrots are a root vegetable with seeds; if not harvested they will product tiny white flowers.

  • The top 4 producers of carrots:

    • China

    • Uzbekistan

    • Russia

    • United States

  • The US produces 1.3 million tons of carrots every year. The majority of them (94%), come from

    • California

    • Texas

    • Washington

    • Michigan

    • Florida

    • Colorado

    • Wisconsin

  • They are the 2nd most popular vegetable in the world (the first is the potato)

  • Ideal carrot color is obtained in temperatures of 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • The average person will eat 10,866 carrots in their lifetime.

  • They were the first commercial canned vegetable (1810) by an Englishman Peter Durand.

  • Carrots were initially grown as a medicine; they are a rich source of beta carotene, which is converted to vitamin A. Today they are still thought to help boost the immune system and benefit the eyes and skin.

  • Carrots can be white, yellow, red, or purple as well as orange.

  • The man who played the voice of Bugs Bunny, Mel Blanc…did not like carrots.

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