I love walking through the farmers’ market. I love seeing the beautiful colored fruit and vegetables.
But I didn’t expect to see this:
Maybe I lived a very sheltered life, sheltered of colorful food.
But I seriously didn’t know that carrots come in any other color than orange.
I have the Dutch to blame for this. Allegedly, when carrots where cultivated in the 1700s, the Dutch were the forerunners of cultivating carrots in the Western world and – by no surprise really – they cultivated orange carrots and left out all other carrots. This was as a tribute to William of Orange who led the Netherlands’s struggle for independence. The yellow, white and purple carrot’s future was doomed. You can find out more about the history of carrots in the World Carrot Museum – oh yes, that’s a real thing!
Now you say, “ok, I want to know how the colored carrots taste“. I am glad you asked!
Colored carrot tasting
White – same texture and crunchiness, a little more bland in taste.
Yellow – same texture and crunchiness, more “carrot” taste than the white ones.
Purple – come in 2 kinds: white inside: taste like the white ones; orange inside: taste like orange carrots.
Orange – you know how they taste.
If you get the chance, go and taste the rainbow colors of carrots!