Carrots are a popular root vegetable. They are typically orange in colour, but it is also possible to find them in purple, red, white and yellow, although these colours are much less common.
How to Prepare Carrots
Carrots can be eaten raw, and this is a popular way to consume them.
To prepare a carrot, whether to be eaten raw or to be cooked, you need to wash it and then chop off the top and tail.
There is no need to peel the skin from carrots, not only does this cut down on food waste, but also, many nutrients can be found within the skin.
If you would prefer to peel it, use a vegetable peeler to remove it.
It is possible to shred carrots for salads, carrot cake, or for making soup stock, or you can cut them into rounds, short sticks or batons if you want to fry them, make carrot chips, or use them to dunk into your favourite dip.
It is even possible to bake carrot chips in a hot oven until they are crisp and crunchy.
How to Cook Carrots
Depending on the size of the carrot, use the following times as a rough guide.
Steam – 5 minutes
Boil – 8 minutes
Roast – 30 minutes
When Are Carrots In Season?
It’s possible to get carrots year-round, with British carrots being available in all supermarkets and farmer markets.
How to Store Carrots
Carrots should be stored in a loose bag, not a plastic bag as this can result in the carrots going soft from lack of oxygen.
Carrots are best kept in a fridge where they can last for up to 2 months.
Freezing carrots is a great way to extend their lifespan, simply peel and dice them before placing them in a freezer bag.
Carrots, like many root vegetables, are very easy to grow.
They take about 12 weeks to grow after sowing them in the ground. Carrots can be sown between mid-spring and mid-summer.