With their vibrant orange color, and health boosting qualities, the carrot is a vegetable not to be missed. It is most famously characterized by Bugs Bunny as the preferred choice of food for rabbits, and is one of the most popular root vegetables in Europe – even with children. It’s not just a tasty snack or an accompaniment to a well-balanced meal; carrots can produce juice that is refreshing, delectable and most importantly, healthy.
Carrots belong to the Apiaceae family, which also contains other vegetables such as parsnips, fennel and dill. Although the carrots we see in the supermarket are orange in color, they also come in varieties that are purple, yellow and red.
The carrot originated thousands of years ago, where it could be found growing in parts of Asia and the Middle East, as well as certain parts of Europe. However, it wasn’t until the 15th and 16 Century that it was fully embraced by Europeans and became a widespread cultivated crop. Today carrots can be found everywhere, and are ever increasing in popularity.