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Carrots...The Long and the Short of It

Carrot Trivia

  • The seeds of the carrot are so small that 2,000 of them fit into a teaspoon.

  • The earliest carrots can be traced back to about 5,000 years ago, but it is impossible to establish a definite date because they were often thought to be parsnips.

  • Baby carrots…aren’t. A California farmer by the name of Mike Yurosek cut blemished carrots down to “baby size” to reduce waste.

  • You can leave them in the ground all winter (in fact, they get sweeter with cold exposure)

  • They are 88% water.

  • We never let them go to seed in our gardens, but this root vegetable actually produces tiny white flowers

  • The top four producers of carrots are China, Uzbekistan, Russian, and the United States.

  • The United States produces about 1.3 million tons of carrots per year.

  • Where are they grown in the US? 94% of them come from California, Texas, Washington, Michigan, Florida, Colorado, and Wisconsin.

  • Carrots are the 2nd most popular vegetable in the world (the potato is number 1)

  • They were the first commercially canned vegetable…that year being 1810

  • They come in colors other than orange…white, yellow, red, and purple. To reach their ideal coloration when temps are between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • The man who did the voice of Bug’s Bunny……did not like carrots

  • Carrots were first grown as a medicine. They are a rich source of beta carotene, which the human body converts to Vitamin A. They are thought to boost the immune system and the be beneficial to the eyes (yes, we have all heard that) and the skin.

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