piranha: red origami crane (Default)
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slice of carrot, orange inside, maroon outside

so, apparently the first domesticated carrots date 5000 years back, to afghanistan. and they were purple. orange didn't come into favour until the 17th century in the netherlands (maybe the House of Orange had something to do with that).

our first week at the farmer's market, we bought a small bunch of these. they embrace the power of "and", *grin*. the vendor didn't know anything other than that they were "heritage carrots". a bit of googling leads me to believe they're probably Purple Dragon. funny; a dragon yesterday, and today one too. (i am easily amused.) purple carrots allegedly are even better for you than the orange ones, they contain anthocyanin, which is an antioxidant.

the paramour is at siggraph. i need to decide soon whether i want to go too. despite feeling better i'm not feeling particularly social, and masses of people are not an attractant, so i probably won't go. that's good too, because i've been productive and can use the time to get some things done that totally fell through the cracks last year.

on 2011-08-10 07:30 (UTC)
rydra_wong: Half a fig with some blue cheese propped against it. (food -- fig and cheese)
Posted by [personal profile] rydra_wong
Oh, awesome! Have you found [community profile] fresh_haul? It exists for these kinds of posts.

on 2011-08-10 07:58 (UTC)
red_trillium: white, yellow, purlple and orange carrots (Rainbow Carrots)
Posted by [personal profile] red_trillium
I have grown some rainbow carrots last year but they didn't get very big. They were tasty and the purple ones were orange on the inside. :)

on 2011-08-10 19:19 (UTC)
red_trillium: cartoon cat that says "I love cats but can't eat a whole one" (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] red_trillium
I think mine all tasted about the same, except maybe the white ones tasted more "carroty" if I remember right.

The purples cook into orange I think as well.

on 2011-08-10 11:33 (UTC)
redbird: apricot (food)
Posted by [personal profile] redbird
I bought orange, purple, and yellow carrots one week at the farmers' market, because I thought it would be cool to do a mixed-color carrot dish. Peeled, they were all about the same color, and they all tasted about the same. (I know some people eat very young carrots with the peel on; I haven't tried that comparison.)

on 2011-08-10 14:48 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] wild_irises
I just read somewhere (the infamous somewhere) that carrots used to be white. But I didn't know they were originally purple.

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