Quick Crisp Snap

Photo by The Curated Feast

Photo by The Curated Feast

What’s up, Doc?

Right now we have an abundance of carrots on the farm I’m staying at, so a quick crisp snap of carrot history is in order.

According to the so-called World Carrot History Museum, the first vegetable definitely known to be a carrot dates from the 10th century in Persia and Asia Minor. This ancient rooted veg would have been quite unlike the orange icons of today.

But the first known carrots were surprisingly either purple or white. At some point, a mutation occurred which removed the purple pigmentation. This created a new set of of yellow carrots, from which orange carrots were subsequently developed!

So all you purple carrot lovers (definitely looking at you @chefdanielagerson!) you can now enjoy knowing you’re eating something with an even deeper historical origin!

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