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The carrot (Daucus carota subsp. sativus) is a root vegetable, usually orange in colour, though purple, black, red, white, and yellow cultivars exist. Carrots are a domesticated form of the wild carrot, Daucus carota, native to Europe and southwestern Asia. The plant probably originated in Persia and was originally cultivated for its leaves and seeds. The most commonly eaten part of the plant is the taproot, although the stems and leaves are eaten as well. The domestic carrot has been selectively bred for its greatly enlarged, more palatable, less woody-textured taproot.

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The Colors of Carrots

We think of carrots as orange, but they can also be white, yellow, red, and purple.

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Mel Blanc didn't like carrots!

Mel Blanc, the voice of cartoon character Bugs Bunny, reportedly did not like carrots.

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There is a Carrot Museum with the history of carrots online!!

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How Old are Carrots?

Carrots can be traced back about 5,000 years through historical documents and paintings. No one knows exactly when the first carrots appeared, because many people mistook them for parsnips, a close relative of the carrot.

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Origin of Carrots

People first grew carrots as medicine, not food, for a variety of ailments.

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Honey Glazed Baby Carrots

INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 (16-ounce) bag Grimmway Farms Baby Carrots 2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed 2 teaspoons fresh dill 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves

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