Celebrating carrots (even if they don’t give you night vision)

argylesock says… I didn’t know about International Carrot Day until my fellow blogger ScienceLens wrote about it here. If I’d known, I still wouldn’t have hesitated to name the carrot as ‘Crop of the Month’ two months ago. Here in Britain, the carrot is the 2nd most popular vegetable after the potato. In that sense every day is carrot day! As discussed with ScienceLens here, vegetables containing beta-carotene are important in a balanced diet to protect the eyes. It’s true that a huge carrot binge wouldn’t do you any good, but it’s healthy to eat a regular intake of carrots or other vegetables rich in beta-carotene. And yes, carrots are delicious.


Today, 4 April 2013, is the 10th celebration of International Carrot Day, the day to dress in orange and celebrate the wholesome goodness of these versatile and delicious orange vegetables. I wonder whether Carrot Day being celebrated so close to Easter has anything to do with the Easter Bunny’s love of carrots?

Whether you like carrots in a meaty stew, as part of a vegetable curry, on its own in a salad, steamed and served sweet with a touch of sugar, or juiced for an invigorated drink, there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy these delicious veges on Carrot Day. For a slightly more decadent celebration, you can even bake a deliciously moist carrot cake or a traditional English carrot pudding!

Did you know that the carrot is a member of the parsley family? And apparently it was originally grown for medicinal purposes (mainly for its aromatic leaves and…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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2 Responses to Celebrating carrots (even if they don’t give you night vision)

  1. A day without carrots is not a good day.

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