It is orange and it is cone shaped. It grows underground, children enjoy picking it, washing it and eating it. It is used for the snowman’s nose. Rabbits and donkeys eat it.
Yes, no prizes for guessing it’s The Carrot.
The carrot is recognised as being orange in colour with long green feathery leaves. It is a root vegetable grown from a seed.
To donkey’s it is given in small doses as a treat. To the rabbit small amounts only as they do contain sugar and are too sweet, (even if bugs bunny loves them) to us humans they are an essential vegetable which can be eaten cooked or raw, grown by a farmer or in our own garden from a tiny (organic) seed.
Carrots vary in size and shape, they are cone or cylindrical shaped, long, short or even round. They also come in colours red, purple, black or yellow plus the well-known orange of course.
There is even an International Carrot Day-April 4th
Carrots have a beneficial influence on our health. They protect our eyesight, (hence the expression eat your carrots and you’ll see in the dark) they reduce the risk of strokes and improve our digestive system. They are known to preserve the health of the heart and to help the appearance of our skin.
The carrot is full of beta-carotene which converts to vitamin A in the body. Other nutrients found are from the vitamin B group, plus potassium and vitamin K.
Carrots can be found in our lunch boxes, crunchy, refreshing, easy to eat and as a complimentary partner to many other foods. Eaten raw they can be whole, sticks or strips (think of the delicious coleslaw- how bland it would be without the carrot strips)
Remember the carrot and the stick. The poor donkey has a carrot dangled in front of him (just out of reach of his mouth and the driver has a stick to smack the donkeys rear if he did not move fast enough.
Carrots can be cooked in many different ways-and in many different dishes-Chef I am sure will add to my list but carrots in honey or brown sugar with a sprinkling of chopped parsley, spring onions or nuts are all an attractive and tasty addition to any meal.
Diced, cut into slices or sticks are all attractive serving methods. Pureed or juiced are easy ways to eat carrots, mixed with other fruits or vegetables such as apples or parsnips all enhance the flavour and the colour.
Carrot soup is popular and easy to digest. The carrot cake in all designs and dimensions has become a very popular sweet or dessert.
Children enjoy growing carrot tops and using them in vegetable print paintings.
The green feathery tops of the carrot were used in the 17th century to decorate ladies hats, hair, dresses and coats. Nowadays the carrot tops are used for medicinal purposes and as an addition to many modern menu dishes.
Children rarely refuse carrots as a food they can eat them boiled, steamed, pureed, baked or roasted. They also enjoy carrot flavoured and shaped sweets.
I leave you now and say:
Have a lovely carrot a day!