After learning about some serious facts about carrots such as origin, history, nutrition and a great myth, it is time to learn about some carrot fun facts. After all, who likes to always learn about mundane facts? Even fun is needed! So, let us begin…
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1. Dutch people were the ones who first cultivated the orange carrot that we know today. They did that in honor of Dutch Royal Family called the House of Orange.
2. Of all vegetable crops in India that are considered to be economically important, carrot is listed among the top 10.
3. There is a physical condition called carotenemia. It is a condition where the soles and palms turn yellowish orange. This happens when someone eats large quantities of carrots.
4. Of all known vegetables except for beet, carrots are known to have highest naturally occurring sugar content. So, beet take number 1 position while carrots take second position in terms of sweet vegetables. No wonder carrots make a wonderful snack even when eaten raw.
5. Did you know that carrots are far more nutritious when they are cooked and eaten rather than being eaten raw? This is exactly opposite of every known vegetable in world. The reason for this is the cell walls of carrots are very tough and it is very difficult to digest the cell walls. When cooked, these cell walls break and release the nutrients, making cooked carrot far more nutritious.
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6. Talking of dogs, carrots are perfectly safe for them. Yes, you can feed carrots to your dogs. Don’t feed chocolate though. Chocolates can kill your dog.
7. Baby carrots that are usually considered as a common and delicious snack are actually rejected carrots. These Baby carrots are nothing but normal carrots (of normal size) that did not have uniform growth and were full of markings and deep groves. The manufacturers take these ugly looking carrots and shape and trim them to give them a pleasant appearance and then sell them as baby carrots.
8. There are some people who simply cannot eat carrots not because they don’t like it but because they are highly allergic to carrots. In 2010 a study was conducted across Europe where it turned out that 3.6% Europeans have carrot allergies. The number may actually be more because the study was limited with the sample number. No one knows why people are allergic to carrots.
9. It is a common notion that carrot leaves (the green leaves that are above the ground) are not edible. Well, that’s wrong! They are completely edible. However, there may be some toxins and hence, it is advised that the leaves should be plucked when they are still young and cooked or fried thoroughly before eating in order to destroy all toxins.
10. Carrot seeds are so small that 2,000 seeds can accommodate in a simple teaspoon. Whoa! That was unexpected!
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11. One pound of carrot seeds will contain about 250,000 individual seeds.
12. Since carrot seeds are so tiny, they cannot be planted by putting them directly into soil. Wind will simply blow them away. So, what’s the way out?
13. Just take a bunch of carrot seeds and wad them up in a clay ball and plant. Or, you can mix them with sand or put them in paper strips and then plant them.
14. Want an easier way? Just plant them in soil and keep the soil properly moisturized to prevent evaporation and drying up. Alternately, simply place planks or cardboards over the area and check every few days for signs of germination. When they germinate, simply remove the planks.
15. The longest carrot in this world was 5.839 meters long! That was a monster – really a monster.
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16. 8.61 kilograms – that’s the weight of the heaviest carrot every produced in world. It was back in 1998.
17. In case you though carrot leaves were useless, think again. Carrot leaves once ruled the 17th century England as fashion statement. Yes, people used to carry carrot leaves on their hair!
18. One person usually consumes 10,866 carrots on an average in a single year!
19. If you are traveling to places where food is scanty, make sure you carry carrots with you. A single carrot can give you enough energy to walk 1 mile.
20. Ninjin is the Japanese term for carrots. ‘Honey Underground’ is what the Celts used to call them. Ancient Greeks used to call them Karoto and Philtron.