Carrots come in all shapes and sizes. There are literally hundreds of different kinds of carrots to choose from. They come in an array of colors; in addition to orange carrots, yellow, purple, red and white varieties are also cultivated. Carrots, a member of the parsnip family are grown year round, but most people agree carrots taste sweetest in fall.
What to Look For
Select firm, nicely-colored carrots that still have their lacy green tops, a sign that they are super fresh.
Surprisingly, large carrots are often more flavorful than little ones. Avoid carrots that are soft, shriveled or cracked.
Easy Storage & Preparation
Lop off the greens and keep your carrots in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Don’t store them alongside apples because the ethylene gas the fruit releases can make carrots taste bitter.
Carrots are incredibly versatile. They have become super trendy, showing up on restaurant menus in everything from tacos to cotton candy. Use carrots for salads, soups, stews, stocks, desserts and stir-fries. Keep a bowl of washed carrots in the refrigerator for a satisfying, crunchy snack.
Good Paired With
- Brown sugar
- Maple syrup