Delicious and healthy both raw and cooked, carrots can be used in many sweet and savoury dishes. Read on to find out how easy it can be to enjoy this inexpensive and tasty vegetable.
Carrots contain beta-carotene, which is what gives carrots their bright orange colour. Beta-carotene also acts as an antioxidant. Antioxidants may lower the risk of some chronic diseases. Beta-carotene is also converted to vitamin A in your body. Vitamin A helps your eyes and skin stay strong and healthy. Carrots also contain folate and fibre.
You can buy local Ontario carrots almost all year long. Look for the Foodland Ontario logo or ask your store manager when shopping to know if your carrots are grown locally. When you buy local food, you support farmers so they can keep producing high quality, affordable food we can all enjoy.
Grate carrots and add them to a leafy green salad, pasta salad or combine with grated cabbage for coleslaw.
Boil carrots, potatoes, ginger, celery and spices, then puree to make a great soup.
Roast carrots in the oven on their own or with other root vegetables for a tasty side dish.
Dip carrot sticks in hummus for an easy snack.
Carrots go well with flavours such as ginger, curry, maple syrup, honey, apple cider, thyme and parsley.
Most of the carrot’s nutrients are found just below the skin. Instead of peeling your carrots, rinse and scrub with a vegetable brush or just scrape the skin lightly with a peeler.
Baby carrots are full-grown carrots that have been peeled and shaped into smaller pieces by a machine. Their small size makes them a popular snack food, but because they no longer have the skin, they are a little less nutritious than regular sized carrots.
How to store carrots
Store carrots in plastic bags in the refrigerator crisper. They will keep for up to three weeks.
Remove the leafy green carrot tops before storing. Otherwise the greens will take moisture out of the carrots and make them tough and wilted.
Here are some recipes to try:
Maple Carrots and Parsnips, Foodland Ontario
Quick Skillet Carrots and Chicken Fricasse, Foodland Ontario
Last Update – October 9, 2016