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CARROT TRIVIA & FACTS

U.S. Carrot per capita usage

 

1970

1980

1990

2000

2011

Total

9.5 lbs

9.6 lbs

11.8 lbs

13 lbs

9.9 lbs

Fresh

6 lbs

6.2 lbs

8.3 lbs

9.2 lbs

7.6 lbs

Canned

2.1 lbs

1.8 lbs

1.2 lbs

1.1 lbs

1.8 lbs

Frozen

1.4 lbs

1.7 lbs

2.3 lbs

2.7 lbs

1.5 lbs

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service


Carrots

According to the USDA, 69,500 acres of Carrots were harvested for the fresh market in 2009.
An additional 12,500 acres were harvested for processing (canning, freezing).

There are 11 people in the U.S. listed on whitepages.com with the last name 'Carrot'
(Mark Morton, 'Gastronomica', Fall 2010)

Carrots are native to Afghanistan.

Red, black yellow, white, purple - these were the colors that carrots started out with. Everything but orange. Carrots were first cultivated in Afghanistan in the 7th century, and they started with yellow flesh and a purple exterior. It was the Dutch who developed the orange carrot, and the French in the 17th who most likely developed the elongated carrot, ancestor of the ones we eat today. The English brought the carrot to the New World.

Carrot Colors

There were originally red, purple and black varieties of carrots that contained anthocyanin pigments.  The yellow, and eventually orange varieties of carrots were developed in the 16th and 17th centuries, they contain no anthocyanin pigments, but rather carotenoids which are responsible for the yellow and orange color.
     Today there are new red and purple carrot varieties available that contain anthocyanin pigments.

The carrot was brought to by colonists to the New World, where it escaped into the wild and became Queen Anne's Lace.

Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, was not very fond of carrots.

There is a round variety of carrot about the size of a beet. They taste the same as regular carrots.
 

 

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