Time for a game of true or false…
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Now you are probably confused. Well don’t worry, I just learned this fact myself. Here is how the orange carrot came to be.
(it’s the little carrot that could!)
Carrots date back 5000 years and were originally white, purple, red, yellow/green and black and a little on the bitter side.
The sweet orange carrot that we know and love is a product of selective breeding.
Why was the carrot chosen for selective breeding, you ask?
Well, there were some very patriotic Dutch agricultural scientists and growers and they wanted to create a carrot in the color of the House of Orange, the Dutch Royal Family. In an attempt to “nationalize” the country’s favorite vegetable they began experiments on improving the pale yellow versions by cross breeding them with red varieties. These varieties contain beta carotene to produce orange-colored roots This was developed to become the dominant species across the world – wonderful, sweet orange. (according to the Carrot Museum.)
Now that isn’t to say that other varieties have ceased to exist, I even hear that purple carrots make a great juice.