A carrot is an orange root vegetable that grows underground. It has a green fuzzy top that sticks out of the soil. The carrot's scientific name is Daucus carota. A carrot is a crispy vegetable and one of the most nutritious around.
And it is among the most widely grown and popular vegetables in the world and is eaten in a number of ways, cooked and raw. A carrot can be part of many popular diets, like vegan, keto… You can steam, boil, or roast them and serve them as a side dish.
Carrots are mainly composed of sugars and terpenoids, which give them their naturally sweet taste and aroma. These natural sugars include sucrose, glucose, fructose, and maltose. Like any plant, carrots undergo photosynthesis, where they produce natural sugars. When you let carrots grow, this sugar is stored in the roots, giving them a sweeter taste. You may notice that carrots taste sweeter in the winter; That's because sugar accumulates better in the cooler evenings. In contrast, this vegetable can have a woody, harsh and bitter taste in the summer.
Health benefits of a carrot
A carrot contains high levels of vitamin A and beta carotene, antioxidants, and offer many health benefits:
- Good for your eyes and your skin
- Lower risk of cancer
- Boost immune system
- Control diabetes
- Strengthen your bones
How to store a carrot?
Fresh, whole carrots will keep for several weeks in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.
If the leafy green tops are still attached, trim those first. Then store them in a plastic bag with holes in it.