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Can you see in the dark??
Member Name: 12jane
Advantages: Tasty, healthy
I'm sure that everyone knows what a carrot is, they are the orange root vegetables that we are told to eat as children so that we can see in the dark. But did you know that carrots were not originally orange at all? They were purple until they were selectively bred to be orange.
The latin name for the carrot is Daucus carota and there are two subspecies, the mild carrot Daucus carota, Carota, and domesticated carrot belongs to Daucus carota, sativus. The main component of carrots is water, followed by sugar.
Anyone can grow their own carrots, and I have grown them many times in a tub on my patio. Carrots need a fine, sandy soil, and will not grow well in heavy soil (plus stones in the soil can cause your carrots to grow in strange shapes and not nice and straight). Carrot seeds should be sown thinly, as they won't grow very well if too close together. Around 3inches between each carrot is perfect.
I sow more seeds if there are spaces after a week or two where some seeds haven't germinated. They also need plenty of sunlight, in order to photosynthesise and produce plenty of glucose which can be sent down into the root. A good fertile soil with plenty of phosphorous will produce gorgeous carrots.
Home grown carrots taste 10x nicer than tined, frozen or fresh supermarket carrots. They are nice and sweet when eaten while they are still small. I love eating some raw at this stage, as I get impatient and want to taste them! Home grown carrots can be blanched and frozen, or boiled, roasted or even fried to eat.
Orange carrots contain Beta-Carotene, which is an antioxidant, used by the body to produce vitamin A. Vitamin A is needed by the body for many reasons, one of which is to help the eyes adjust in different light sources, hence the saying about carrots helping you see in the dark.
So carrots are tasty, good for you and easy to grow. What's stopping you?
Summary: Tasty orange vegetables!