Full of vitamins and nutrients, carrots have an interesting history, as well as health benefits that you can’t ignore.
Carrots are an unglamorous vegetable, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be considered full of intrigue. They may be hiding unawares in your vegetable garden underneath all that dusty soil, but their story is one to be told. Love to slice them up in salad, squish them into juice or simply stick a nice long one on frosty’s face, come winter? Here are 5 things you may not have known about the trusty root.
1) They Have Afghan Roots, (No Pun Intended)
Historians aren’t entirely certain where the first carrots were cultivated, but some of the earliest written accounts site Afghanistan. This happened around 900 AD, and over time the idea of growing and eating carrots spread across the Middle East to North Africa, into China, onto Spain and into other spaces in Europe.
2) They Have Many Faces
Carrots don’t just come in orange but can also be seen in white, purple and yellow.
3) There Are 2 Main Types
According to The World Carrot Museum, carrots grow in two broad categories: cultivated carrots and wild ones.
4) They Can Give You That Special Glow
It’s true that eating too many carrots, or any other food containing beta carotene, and you could give your skin a slight orange tint. Thankfully, it isn’t permanent.
5) They Could Lower Your Cholesterol
Eating raw carrots has been linked with lowering cholesterol levels.