Coloured carrots

Historically, carrots used to have all kinds of colours: purple, yellow, white, orange. In the 17th century Dutch farmers cultivated the bright orange carrot which is popular all over the world today. They did it for patriotic reasons, as a rebellious act against the Spanish occupier, because the Dutch royal house is called the House of Orange!

Some interesting facts about coloured carrots:

  • Before the 17th century, almost all cultivated carrots were purple. If they lacked the purple pigment anthocyanin, they were white or yellow.
  • Dutch growers started crossing different carrots until they finally developed the orange carrot that is so popular nowadays.
  • Coloured carrots can be eaten raw or cooked, steamed, roasted...
  • They can also be used for baking cakes, muffins or bread.

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Health benefits

Coloured carrots are rich in vitamin A. Vitamin A...

  • contributes to maintaining normal skin
  • contributes to maintaining normal mucous membranes
  • contributes to maintaining normal eyesight
  • contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system
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