Fresh carrots

How to select

Choose well-shaped, smooth, firm, crisp carrots with deep color and fresh, green tops. Avoid soft, wilted, or split carrots.

How to prepare

  • Clean the carrots by scrubbing with a vegetable brush and rinsing under running water. 
  • Peel the carrots using a vegetable peeler or knife. 
  • Carrots can be cut in several ways including julienne (matchstick), diced, brunoise (diced from julienne), and baton (standard carrot sticks). 

How to store

Refrigerate carrots in a plastic bag with tops removed up to two weeks.

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Ways to use

  • Dip raw carrots in hummus, peanut butter, or cottage cheese.
  • Add to your favorite soups, slow cooker or casserole recipes.
  • A great mobile snack and perfect for a quick snack at home. 
  • Top your favorite salad with sliced or grated carrots 
  • Sauté carrots with a sweet glaze.

Fun facts

  • Carrots are not always orange and can be found in purple, white, red or yellow.
  • European ladies would wear lacy carrot flowers in their hair in the 15th Century.
  • California grows the most carrots in the United States.
  • Carrots are a type of root vegetable. The edible portion of the plant is grown underground.
  • Carrots were the first vegetable to be canned commercially.

Nutrition facts and info

One-half cup contains more than twice the amount of vitamin A that our bodies need each day! Carrots contain vitamin K, which helps reduce inflammation. Consuming carrots supports eye health.

1 medium carrot = 25 calories, 6 g carbs, 1.7 g fiber, 20 mg calcium, 21 mg phosphorus, 195 mg potassium, 4 mg vitamin C

Learn more

Growing carrots and parsnips in home gardens (UMN Extension)

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The Kitchn. How to cut carrots like a pro: 4 basic cuts. October 19, 2022.