Nov 302013

carrotsFebruary 3rd is National Carrot Day.

It’s time to pay homage to the carrot. The carrot is a root vegetable. Though the most common color today is orange, the first colors were white, purple, and yellow.

Carrots were first used for medicinal purposes, everything from soothing burns to easing menstrual cramps.

Carrots are used in most cuisines, and in all courses: appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, sides, desserts, even beverages.

Eaten raw, carrots have a crispy, crunchy texture. However, cooked carrots yield more nutrition. This is because cooking breaks down some of the hard to digest parts of the carrot.

They are an excellent source of beta carotene, and a good source of dietary fiber and potassium.

This day is also National Carrot Cake Day. Which one came first is unknown, just as the origins are unknown. The carrot is a beloved vegetable–just check out all the Carrot Festivals.

Celebrate with goodies from Zazzle

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