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Carrots

Carrots
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Availability

Carrots are available all year round; they are at their best in the winter months

 

Storage and Handling

Store in the refrigerator. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.

 

History

Carrots date back as far as the 10th Century and have been a staple in many countries for thousands of years although it is only since the 16th century that they have been orange.

 

Facts

  • Baby peeled carrots are actually larger carrots which are trimmed down to ‘baby size’ for sale
  • Carrots contain Vitamin A which can help in healthy vision – that’s why they say rabbits have good vision (not a wives’ tale!)
  • Carrots are root vegetables and normally orange in colour, although there are: purple, red, white and yellow varieties – although they are not as commercially available

 

Growing Facts

  • Plant carrots from September through to May (avoid frosts)
  • Carrots are easy to grow in deep, well-drained soil and harvest in approx. 65 to 90 days

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 100g - 1 carrot, raw

Avg Quantity per serving Avg Quantity per 100g
Energy (kJ/Cal) 106/25 106/25
Protein (g) 0.6 0.6
Fat, total (g) 0.4 0.4
- saturated (g) 0.1 0.1
Carbohydrate (g) 3.5 3.5
- sugars (g) 3.3 3.3
Dietary Fibre (g) 2.7 2.7
Sodium (mg) 33 33
Vitamin A Equiv. (µg) 1000 1000
Vitamin C (mg) 5.9 5.9
Niacin (mg) 1.0 1.0
Potassium (mg) 230 230
Vitamin B6 (mg) 0.14 0.14
Folate (µg) 17 17

Source: The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables, 8th Edition, Plant & Food Research

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