Vitamins and Minerals
Found Inside Carrots
Carrots are loaded with plenty
of nutrients our bodies seek daily. Carrots
can be both nutritious and delicious when juiced
alone and when juiced with other ingredients
(including fruit!) making carrots my absolute
favorite fresh vegetable ingredient to keep on hand. Along
with apple juice, carrot juice is the most
versatile of juices, combining well with and sweetening a
host of other juices.
Here are a few of the questions we attempt to answer about
- What vitamins and minerals are in carrots
make carrots so good for us?
- What is the best method for juicing carrots?
- What are some great buying tips for carrots?
Plus, we'll do our best to provide some general information
about carrots that you might not find so easily elsewhere
on the Internet.
Let's begin our exploration of
Minerals in Carrots
Carrots are probably best known for being loaded with
beta carotene (Provitamin A) -- an eight ounce glass of fresh
made carrot juice can contain up to 20,000 milligrams of this
nutrient -- but carrots also can be a great source of
vitamin C and the B complex vitamins.
Vitamins in Carrots
- Beta Carotene (Provitamin A)
- Vitamin C
- B Complex Vitamins
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
Minerals in Carrots
Trace amounts of other minerals including Copper, Iron,
Manganese, Selenium and Zinc and trace amounts of protein.
The next time you think about Carrots... think about how
they might add a powerful nutritional boost and deliciously
sweet addition to your daily nutrition through juicing.
Juicing Tips for
Juicing Carrots can add both flavor and valuable
nutrients to most any home-juiced cocktail... and it can act as
a sweetener for some vegetable juice concoctions.
Here are a few tips for juicing Carrots that may help
turn your juicing experience into something you look forward to
and thoroughly enjoy.
Once you begin juicing, you will quickly find that carrots
become one of the most used ingredients in your juicing
Properly cleaned, organic carrots do not have to be peeled
prior to juicing. In fact, you will want to keep the skin on as
many valuable nutrients are contained in the skin.
Fresh carrot juice is sweet and can act as a sweetener
combined with other vegetables less palatable when juiced.
(Check our Juice section for great recipes and
for Buying Carrots
If you are unable to grow your own carrots, then here are a
few tips for buying Carrots that may help you get the
freshest ingredients. We'll also include a few storing tips for
carrots that you might find helpful.
We recommend you buy organic carrots when possible. Buy
firm, smooth carrots without cracks and bruises or small white
A thick mass of new sprouts or leaves at the stem end may
indicate woody cores, as will diameters of more than one and a
half inches. The brighter the color, the sweeter the
Keep carrots in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Non organically grown carrots should be cleaned well and
trimmed at the top and the stem end by about a half inch.
Pesticides concentrate in the stem end.
Even if the carrots are dirty, do not peel them. A great
portion of the food value lies just below the peel and scraping
off the skin removes it. Instead, scrub the carrots under
running water with a gentle scouring brush. Organically grown
carrots need only be rinsed before juicing -- you don't need to
trim them at all.
This article wouldn't be complete if we didn't
include a little general information about carrots, as well as
a few helpful links if you want to explore carrots
Native to Afghanistan, carrots were known to
both the Greeks and Romans. In fact, the Greeks called the
carrot "Philtron" and used it as a love medicine--making men
more ardent and women more yielding. The Roman emperor
Caligula, believing these stories, forced the whole Roman
Senate to eat carrots.
Carrots arrived in the New World with the early
colonists, but they were allowed to escape cultivation and
subsequently turned into the omnipresent and delicate wild
flower Queen Anne's Lace.
Carrots are a member of the Umbelliferae
family, which also includes celery, parsley, dill, cilantro,
caraway, cumin, and the poisonous hemlock.
Hippocrates recommended women eat carrot seeds
to prevent pregnancy.
The scene from the movie It Happened One Night
in which Clark Gable leans nonchalantly against a fence eating
carrots while talking to Claudette Colbert inspired the
creators of Bugs Bunny to give him the same nonchalant,
Fossil pollen from the Eocene period (55 to 34
million years ago) has been identified as belonging to the
Apiaceae (the carrot family).
It is said (with no documentary evidence) that
the cultivated and edible carrot dates back about 5,000 years
ago when the purple root was found to be growing in the area
now known as Afghanistan.
Temple drawings from Egypt in 2000 BC show a
purple plant, which some Egyptologists believe could have been
a purple carrot. However Egyptian papyruses containing
information about treatments with seeds were found in pharaoh
crypts but there is no direct reference to carrot.
Tobacconists in France used to put a carrot in
their bins to keep their tobacco from drying out.
Carrots ranked as the seventh most valuable
crop produced in the United States in 2004.
Sources/Resources for Carrots
Be sure to check out both our
"Juicing" and our "Smoothies"
sections for delicious recipes and more using