1. First Use
People first grew carrots as medicine, not food, for a variety of ailments.
2. They're How Old?
Carrots can be traced back about 5,000 years through historical documents and paintings. No one knows exactly when the first carrots appeared, because many people mistook them for parsnips, a close relative of the carrot.
3. Nutrition Facts
A medium-size carrot has 25 calories, 6 grams of carbs, and 2 grams of fiber. The veggie is an excellent source of vitamin A, providing more than 200% of your daily requirement in just one carrot. Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene, a natural chemical that the body changes into vitamin A. The deeper orange the carrot, the more beta-carotene you’re getting.
4. Carrot Colors
We think of carrots as orange, but they can also be white, yellow, red, and purple.
5. A Surprising Hater of Carrots
Mel Blanc, the voice of cartoon character Bugs Bunny, reportedly did not like carrots