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Kitchen Dictionary: carrot


A root vegetable from the parsley family, that has lacy green leaves and a long slender orange root. Baby carrots are often more tender, but have less flavor because of their immaturity. Carrots were formerly every color: red, black, yellow, white and especially purple EXCEPT orange! First cultivated in Afghanistan, carrots originally had purple exteriors and yellow flesh. In the Middle Ages, the Dutch developed the bright orange carrot.

plural: carrots


Season: available year-round

How to select: Look for fresh green leaves when attached, and a smooth slender root without cracks. Do not choose carrots that have begun to soften and wither.

How to store: Remove leaves immediately if attached, because they rob the root of moisture. Keep them away from apples which emit a gas which causes carrots to become bitter. Refrigerate in a plastic bag.

How to prepare: Peeling is optional, but more necessary for older carrots. If they become limp, you can refresh them in a bowl of ice water. bake, boil, fry, puree, raw, saute, steam

Matches well with: almonds, bacon, basil, beef, brandy, butter, cayenne, celery, cheese, chervil, chives, cilantro, cinnamon, cloves, cream, cumin, dill, fennel, garlic, ginger, honey, lemon, maple syrup, marjoram, mayonnaise, mint, mushrooms, mustard, nutmeg, nuts, olive oil, onions, oranges, parsley, peas, potatoes, raisins, rosemary, shallots, stock, sugar, tarragon, thyme, tomatoes, turnips, vinegar, walnuts

More Carrot Recipes
Popular Carrot Recipes
Piccadilly Cafeteria's Carrot Souffle
Why-I-Joined-Zaar Carrot Cake
Low-Fat Carrot Cake Muffins (That Don't Taste Low-Fat!)

Nutrition Facts

Calculated for 1 medium
Amount Per Serving %DV
Calories 25
Calories from Fat 1 (5%)
Total Fat 0.1g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0%
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 42mg 1%
Potassium 195mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 5.8g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1.7g 6%
Sugars 1.7g
Protein 0.6g 1%

How is this calculated?