Eat Smarter Special


8. Q&A About Carrots
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How do you pronounce carrot?


What are carrots related to?

Carrots are related to the Umbelliferae family, which gets its namesake from the flowers that these plants produce. Carrots are related to anise, caraway, cumin, dill, fennel, parsley and parsnips.

How many carrots are produced in the world?

Over 17,000,000 metric tons of carrots are produced each year in China alone! That’s about  the equivalent of the weight of 75,556 replicas of the Statue of Liberty!

How long does it take carrots to grow?

It takes between 70-80 days for most types of carrots to grow from seed to harvest.

Do I need to wash carrots before I eat them?

We recommend washing your carrots before you eat them, because they are a root vegetable and grow underground. Typically they will have dirt residue on them.

Why buy organic carrots?

Like many other fruits and vegetables, carrots are a plant that is grown using pesticides and other chemicals to avoid having critters like insects and mice eating them, as well as stop fungal infections and other sicknesses ruin a crop.

How long do carrots last in the fridge?

Carrots last in the refrigerator between 4-5 weeks. Baby carrots last in the refrigerator between 3-4 weeks.

Can I freeze carrots?

Absolutely! We suggest blanching your carrots before freezing them.

Are wild carrots edible?

Yes! As with picking any wild plant, be sure you know what you are eating to avoid picking anything hazardous! There is a large variety of wild carrots, and it is edible, but may taste bitter and not exactly what you are used to getting in the store!