Carrot Facts, Interesting and Delicious Information About Food:

The carrot is a root vegetable, usually orange in colour, though purple, black, red, white, and yellow varieties exist. When fresh it has a crisp texture.


1. The word carrot is first recorded in English in a 1538 book of herbs.

2. When first cultivated, carrots were grown for their leaves and seeds rather than their roots which is what we now think of as carrots.

3. The part of the carrot that we eat is called the taproot.

4. Carrots were originally white or purple. Then a yellow carrot appeared through mutation and the familiar orange carrot was bred from it.

5. It was the Dutch who bred the orange carrot because orange was the traditional colour of the royal house of the Netherlands.

6. According to tradition, Santa's reindeer will eat 360 different plants but not carrots.

7. The Roi Carotte (King Carrot), an opera by Jacques Offenbach, was first performed in 1872.

8. Holtville, California calls itself the Carrot Capital of the World and holds an annual carrot festival.

9. In 2010, Turkish researchers published a Mathematical Analysis Of Peeling Of Carrots.10. "Carrots keep you healthy and help you see in the blackout," (British Second World War slogan).