Carrots are such cheery vegetables! Kids go for them almost the same way they love orange sherbet and jack-o-lanterns, it must be the bright orange color. Most adults seem to feel the same way, too. Even folks who turn up their noses at other vegetables will often munch happily on carrot sticks.
Besides tasting good, carrots are packed with nutrients. The saying that carrots are good for your eyes isn't just an old wives's tale. Carrots contain a pigment called carotene that converts to vitamin A when you digest it. This vitamin helps us to see in reduced light and at night. Breeders have increased the vitamin A content of many newer varieties.
Carrots that are sold in the supermarket can vary from small, yellowish roots to oversized giants that taste awful. There are even new red and purple colored varieties available. With very little effort, you can grow carrots that look and taste much better than those you see on display in the produce aisles.
Carrot varieties range from 3 1/2-inch 'Little Fingers' that mature quickly in any kind of soil to 9-inch-long 'Imperators' that need deep, well-worked soil. Of course, all carrots can be eaten when they're only two or three inches long -- these "fingerlings" are delectable.
Seed companies often have different names for similar varieties, but some characteristics stay the same.
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