Know your carrots

The carrot is a root vegetable usually orange in colour (variants come in Purple, red, black, white and yellow). Both the root and the green (sometimes) are eaten.

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Benefits of carrots

  • Carrots are a great source of Vitamin K and Vitamin B6 made up of 88% water, 4.7% sugar, 2.8% fiber 1% ash, 0.9% protein, 0.2% fat. As beneficial as carrot is, a few people are allergic to them.
  • They help reduce cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Help boost the immune systems and improve digestion
  • Reduces the risk of stroke
  • Prevent heart attacks
  • Helps reduce the risk of diabetes by regulating blood sugar
  • Help to detoxify the body
  • Ward off certain types of cancers
  • They improve vision and reduce signs of premature aging
  • Aid digestion
  • Can be used as a laxative
  • Carrot oil is great a sa conditioner for softer, smoother and firmer skin.

How to eat carrots

They can be boiled, steamed, fried, baked or cooked to make delicacies which are pleasant to the eyes and delicious to eat. Babies are not left out as carrots can be pureed and used as baby food. They can also combined with other fruits or vegetables to make juices, smoothies, jams and preserves.

Preserving carrots in Nigeria

I personally tried this method before putting up this post and I haven’t looked back since then. The carrots stay fresh as the day it was purchased.

  1. Trim off the greens on the carrots. If left on it, they tend to draw out the nutrients from the carrots leaving them limp and sad.
  2. Immerse the carrots in water and place in the refrigerator till you need to use them. Be careful to change the water regularly to ensure freshness.
  3. You can also cut up the carrots into desired shapes, blanch them then allow to cool off immediately. Once cooled, place in a freezer bag (Ziploc) and freeze. Frozen carrots can last up to 3 months with our “on-today-off-tomorrow” power supply,

 

Carrot in any form- raw or cooked- is very beneficial and is a fantastic choice every day.

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