Ever seen a rabbit with glasses? That’s what my parents / grandparents used to say about why eating carrots is healthy when we were kids. Even though eating a lot of carrots in my life didn’t give me good eyes, quite bad ones actually, I love carrots. I’m a huge carrot fan. So of course I made sure I was able to grow my own carrots.
At the end of May, right before I got married, I sowed 3 varieties of carrots; Round carrots, Nantes Carrots and Rainbow & Purple Haze Carrots. Why 3 varieties? I basically wasn’t able to pick just one variety -you never know which one you’ll like the most- and secondly I want to know what is possible in my raised-bed vegetable garden, since carrots are pretty long vegetables. I sowed the Rainbow and Purple Haze variety in the highest level of my raised-bed vegetable garden, because they should need the most space. And the round carrots and the Nantes carrots, in the second to highest level.
A few weeks passed and I was getting impatient to know how the carrots where doing. I saw a lot happening above the ground, but I had no idea what was happening in the soil. The evolution of seed to vegetable is something I find truly fascinating. They also usually say ‘if you sow during that month, you can harvest around…’; I realize that that kind of information is most of the time correct, but I believe that every vegetable is unique and might grow slower or faster than the others. So I sacrificed a few baby carrots to see how they were doing, and this is what they looked like… Super cute!!
And a few days ago I again sacrificed a carrot of every variety. They are not fully grown yet, but in a few weeks they will be ready to eat.
Not a carrot fan? Here are a few health benefits of carrots according to ‘FoodMatters.com’
- Nutritive. Carrots are loaded with vitamins and minerals. They are one of the best sources of carotenoids zeaxanthin and xanthophyll; both precursors to Vitamin A. They are also loaded with Vitamin C, Vitamin K, potassium, and fiber. Additionally, carrots are rich in lutein (great for eye health), and lycopene (for prostate health).
- Energy: Carrots are regarded as a mini ginseng in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Ginseng is well known for its invigorating and tonic powers; and like the ginseng root, carrots help support energy and vitality.
- Supports Lung Health: The high Vitamin A content in carrots is very supportive to the mucous membranes of the lung. Carrots are anti-inflammatory, and also support the reduction of coughs and mucous.
- Immunity: Carrots are great for helping to boost immunity by increasing white blood cell count. The carotenoids found in carrots support immune health and build resilience to infection.
- Eye Health: If you cut a carrot open and look in the center, you will see a similarity to an eye. The doctrine of signatures has traditionally used carrots to support eye health. This is now scientifically shown to be true, due to the carotenes lutein and zeaxanthin found in carrots
For more carrot health benefits go to this link.