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We’ve Been Eating… Purple Carrots!

We recently received a few bunches of purple, yes purple, carrots in our Abel and Cole veg boxes.  How fantastic!

Before this I’d only ever eaten orange carrots. I read that orange carrots are actually quite a recent thing.  Back in the day everyone would have been eating purple carrots and would have found orange ones as bizarre as I find the purple variety!

Although they are called ‘purple’, they are actually still orange on the inside.  This two tone colour makes for a colourful attractive display on the plate.  To me they taste just like ‘regular’ orange carrots, but they have a few slightly different properties.  The purple colour is caused by something called anthocyanins, and they are really, really good for you.

Here are a few health benefits of antioxidants called anthocyanins found in purple carrots:

  • Strong anti-inflammatory effects, possibly even stronger than aspirin!
  • Great for eyes –  including enhanced night vision and increased circulation in capillaries in the retina
  • Improved memory
  • Anti carcinogenic properties by protecting the body from free radicals

Have you tried purple carrots?  I think I’m going to try and grow some next year as they are meant to be even easier than growing orange carrots, which are pretty easy anyway!

Here are a few articles for further reading:

http://www.healwithfood.org/health-benefits/purple-carrots-nutrition-vs-orange-cultivars.php

http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2010/04/carrots-used-to-be-purple-before-the-17th-century/

http://www.purple-carrots.com/