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Rainbow Carrots

Rainbow carrots are actually a variety of ordinary carrots. They are called that way because their main feature is their color. These carrots have their root in traditional ordinary carrots that have been used for culinary purposes for the past 1500 years. Rainbow carrots however, are a product of the US government that has made to through careful planning and engineering.

The carrots are mostly eaten raw, or in salads, but they could also be boiled and stir fried with other vegetables.

Rainbow Carrot Trivia

  • – Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene, a natural chemical that the body changes into vitamin A.
  • One carrot can provide two time the daily dose of Vitamin A.
  • They are more nutritious when they are cooked than when they are eaten raw.

Rainbow Carrot Buying Guide

The first thing to look for in the carrots are the leafs and not the plant itself. You should look for fresh and bright green leafs first and foremost. The carrots themselves should be bright and without visible blemishes on the skin. They can vary in size, but those that are not too large or too small will taste the best.

The carrot should feel light in the hand and have a thick and firm feel it as well if its fresh.

Rainbow Carrot Production & Farming in Texas

There’s no difference in how to grow these carrots in comparison to the ordinary ones. They are a product of mixing varieties and they have been around since the WW2. These carrots have gained traction amongst culinary types recently, simply due to how they look and how they brighten up a salad.

The different kinds of rainbow carrot seed you’ll be getting in your order are Red Core Chantenay, Scarlet Nantes, Kyoto Red, Snow White, Solar Yellow, Cosmic Purple, and Little Fingers.

All of these carrots will mature in about 70 days. The key to growing the carrots in Texas is to find the soil for them. This means that you’ll need lose, light and airy soil. The soil could be made into a more hospitable environment for the carrots if you add sand to it.

The rich compost is also needed to keep the soil moist and nutritious throughout the process. That will be the most expensive and most demanding part of growing carrots. The carrots need to be watered daily until you see them sprouting from the ground, and after that they can be watered weekly.

The harvest should be done between 70 and 75 days after planting or when they are ½ inch wide.

Pesticides

Carrots are considered to be a safe vegetable. Baby carrots are treated with pesticides so that they can be extracted faster but mature ones are safe to use without worrying about chemicals.

Geography

Carrots have been around for about 1.000 years and they were originally cultivated in what’s todays Afghanistan. They were spread to Europe through Spain when it was under Muslim rule. From there carrots were moved to the Americas by the first settlers.

Rainbow carrots on the other hand are a product of the US Department of Agriculture that mixed a variation of different species from around the world to get this particular mix of seeds and to shorten the maturity time in the process.

Packaging

Carrots can be presented in a variety of different packaging. These range from being tied in a bundle to being sold in plastic bags or in big cardboard boxes that can easily be moved from the field itself all the way to the store.

They are sometimes left with leafs but not always and rainbow carrots are usually packed so that you get at least one of each colors.

Enjoying Rainbow Carrots

Carrots one of the simplest vegetables to prepare and that’s a big part of their appeal. They need to be cleaned of the leafs (which are also useable) and peeled with a sharp knife of a tool made for that purpose.

After that there’s plenty you can do with carrots and it depends on your own taste and how big a role vegetable play in your diet. Carrots are mostly used in salads and eaten raw in many cases because they add a healthy and crunchy feel and taste to the dish. They could also be cooked, stir-fried and boiled and mashed instead of potatoes.

Since these carrots are colorful and that’s why most people buy them you should consider how they will look in a dish and what they will add in terms of presentation as well as taste.

Storage

Carrots are easy to store. You can do it when they are unwashed and unpeeled, which is when they can be stored in sacks or boxes in a cold room where there’s not that much light or moist. Beyond that you can peel them off and clean them after which they should be stored in plastic bags in a cold part of the fridge.

They can be stored like this for a week without losing any of the quality.

Cooking

The beauty of the rainbow carrots is in their rich colors and the variety that they add to the plate. They are therefore especially well-suited to roasting. This allows you to mix and match the qualities of the meat you’re roasting, with the sweet and juicy qualities of the carrots.

Here’s a simple recipe on how to do the carrots alone and the rest of the dish is about your own preferences.

Toss 3 bunches baby rainbow carrots, 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt on a baking sheet; arrange in a single layer. Roast at 450 degrees F, turning once, until tender and slightly browned, 15 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and chopped chives.

Nutrition

Carrots are mainly composed of water and carbs.  The carbs consist of starch and sugars, such as sucrose and glucose.  They are also a relatively good source of fiber, with one medium-sized carrot (61 grams) providing 2 grams.  Carrots often rank low on the glycemic index (GI), which is a measure of how quickly foods raise blood sugar after a meal.  Their GI ranges from 16–60 — lowest for raw carrots, a little higher for cooked ones, and highest for puréed.  Eating low-glycemic foods is linked to numerous health benefits and considered particularly beneficial for people with diabetes.

 

When Are Rainbow Carrots in Season in Texas?

To find out when Rainbow Carrots are in season in Texas, please check the seasonal chart below. Why is this important? We are rarely encouraged to think about the physical lengths our food travels before arriving on the market shelves. And all of this travel comes with a hefty environmental cost that is concealed from the consumer’s eye. One of the most salient benefits to eating seasonally is that you are effectively reducing your carbon footprint and supporting a more geographically sustainable food economy. Check other fruit and veg that’s in season in Texas now.

Nutrition

DV%

  • Serving Size: 1 Serving
  • Calories: 16
  • Carbs: 3.8g 1%
  • Sugar: 1.6g
  • Fiber: 1.4g 6%
  • Protein: 0.3g
  • Fat: 0.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g 0%
  • Trans Fat 0g 0%
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 27mg 1%
  • Vitamin C 2.8%
  • Vitamin A 157%
  • Calcium 1.1%
  • Iron 0.9%
  • Potassium 108mg 3%
  • Vitamin E 0.66 mg 3%
  • Vitamin K 13.2mcg 11%
  • Vitamin B6 0.138mg 11%

Seasonality

When are Rainbow Carrots in season in Texas?

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