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Nubile Carrots

How to select and cook with carrots.


Carrots are available year-round in North America. The carrot has a sweet flavor and is one of the most popular versatile root vegetables. Carrots may range in length from 2 inches to 2 or 3 feet but are generally 8 to 9 inches in length when harvested to sell as fresh market carrots. Carrots are also a good source of other nutrients, such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, vitamin A, and folic acid.


Varieties
Carrots: They're not just orange anymore. Look for golden, white, and red carrots at farmers markets and specialty grocery stores. Carrots are second only to beets in sugar content for vegetables. A good rule of thumb for both: the darker the color, the sweeter the flavor.

How to Buy & Store Carrots
Look for firm, stiff, unbending carrots. Any give shows a sign of age and "wilting." If you buy carrots with the greens attached, look for fresh, bright green tops. Once home, however, remove the greens and store the carrots loosely wrapped in plastic in the fridge. Fresh carrots will last up to a month if properly stored.

How to Use Carrots
Carrots are great scrubbed clean and eaten raw (no need to peel young, fresh carrots - their peel is thin and tender.) They can be cooked using many different methods, such as boiling, steaming, sautéing, roasting or grilling. When cooked, carrots are eaten as a side dish on their own or cooked with other vegetables. They are also often added to other dishes, such as stir-fries, casseroles, quiches, omelets, soups, and stews. The sweet flavor of carrots also makes them a popular ingredient in baking cakes, muffins, breads, and cookies.

Classic Carrot Flavor Buddies
Carrots go will with many flavors and ingredients in particular:
Butter
Cream
Citrus (Lemon, oranges, grapefruit)
Parsley




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