Dry Herbal White Carrot - 500g

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Dry Herbal White Carrot - 500g
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The noble carrot has long been known as an orange vegetable. Generations of people in the West have grown up believing that carrots have always been orange. But long before the Orange carrot became established in the 16th century,  the white carrot (Daucus carota ssp. sativus) grew in Europe, often fed to cattle but also consumed by humans. Many people believe that the white carrots in the speciality stores are "just parsnips", this is not true.  Parsnip is in the carrot family but a separate species. Parsnips tend to have a more golden brown or ivory colour and a more nutty taste, and they tend to be larger.

 

Historical references to carrot and parsnip are intertwined; early medieval carrots and parsnips were both thin and woody and mostly of a vaguely whitish color. This being the case, almost everyone up to the early modern period can perhaps be forgiven for failing to distinguish between the two, however frustrating this may be for the food and agricultural historian.

 

The modern White Satin variety of Carrot 

Wild carrot has a small, tough pale fleshed bitter white root; modern domestic carrot has a swollen, juice sweet root, usually orange.   Carrots originated in present day Afghanistan  Creme de lite carrot Nunhemsabout 5000 years ago, probably originally as a purple or yellow root. Nature then took a hand and produced mutants and natural hybrids, crossing both with cultivated and wild varieties. It is considered that purple carrots were then taken westwards where it is thought  yellow mutants and wild forms crossed to produce orange. Finally some motivated Dutch growers took these mutant orange carrots under their horticultural wings and developed them to be sweeter and more practical. White carrots, which were the most prevalent in Europe until the 16th century were superseded by the better tasting orange variety.  Before that they were predominantly grown as animal fodder and only occasionally as human food.

 

In Roman times carrots were purple or white. By the 10th century purple carrots were grown in Afghanistan, Pakistan and northern Iran. Purple, white and yellow carrots were imported to southern Europe in the 14th century. Black, red and white carrots were also grown.

 

White carrots lack any pigmentation hence the presence of the white color. They do contain health-promoting substances called phytochemicals, natural bioactive compounds found in plant foods that work with nutrients and dietary fibre to protect against disease. One might say these are the least healthy of carrots.  These chemicals may be important in reducing the risk of atherosclerosis, which is the build up of fatty deposits in artery walls. White carrots are preferably used in baby foods to prevent them from forming orange skin. White carrots are not a significant source of bioavailable carotenoids.

 

Health Benefits 

Though the white carrot is considered as having the least health benefits due to lack of pigment, the other compounds like phytochemicals in these carrots can help reduce the risk of cancer and stroke. Also the dietary fibre in these carrots help fight against colon cancer.

 

The white carrot is a solution for people who have a carotene-allergy. They are as tasty as orange carrots, but white carrots look less attractive. White carrots are also good for digestion.


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