Carrots are a root vegetable with a bright orange colour. Some varieties of carrots grow in purple, black, red, white, or yellow. They can be eaten raw as a healthy snack with hummus! They are the fundamental ingredient to many recipes like in ragú, stir-frys and soups. As a side dish carrots are wonderful roasted with other vegetables like potatoes and parsnips. Carrots are crunchy when raw but soften when cooked. What’s more, they are they keep for a long time, cheap and available all year round!
Carrot cake is an extremely popular recipe and for good reason, it is typically made around Easter time but in our opinion, it should be made all year round!
Nutrition of carrots
Carrots are packed full of health benefiting nutrition. They are a really good source of beta-carotene, fibre, vitamin K, potassium and antioxidants. Carrots contain almost no fat or protein. There are about 41 calories per 100 grams of carrots.
Carrots get their colour from beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant which is turned into vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A works to improve the health of your vision.
Carrots also contain certain antioxidants which experts believe may have anti-cancer effects.