Carrots are a root vegetable that originated in Afghanistan. They were purple, red, white, and yellow, but never orange.
They are a member of the Umbelliferae family, which also includes celery, parsley, dill, cilantro, caraway, cumin, and the poisonous hemlock.Both the Ancient Greeks and Romans cultivated carrots.
The Ancient Greeks called the carrot a philtron, which translates to “love charm.” They believed the carrot made both men and women more amorous.
China, Japan, and India were cultivating carrots by the 13th century.
In the 16th century, Dutch carrot growers invented the orange carrot. They did this by cross breeding pale yellow carrots with red carrots.
Newly orange, carrots traveled England with Dutch travelers during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
The carrot soon caught on in England as both a food and a fashion accessory. Ladies would often use carrot tops to decorate their hats.
Eating too many carrots can cause a person’s skin to turn yellowish orange, especially on the palms or soles of the feet. This is called carotenemia. It is completely reversible once the consumption of carrots is reduced.
One cup of raw carrots contains about 52 calories.
The longest carrot ever recorded was nearly 17 feet long.
The largest carrot ever recorded weighed 18.985 pounds.
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