Mar 25, 2011

Tips for Carrots

Tips for Carrots:

Source - Betterhomesandgardens

How to buy - Look for straight, rigid, brightly colored carrots without cracks or dry spots. If tops are attached, they should be green and fresh looking.

How to store - Remove green tops after buying since they pull vitamins and moisture from the carrot; use the greens within a few days. Refrigerate carrots in plastic bags for up to two weeks. Avoid storing near apples, which emit ethylene gas make carrots bitter.

How to eat - The leafy tops have a strong parsley - like flavour, add to stir - fries, soups, or salads. Add one or two chopped carrots to tomato sauce for natural sweetness. Saute small baby varieties in butter with a bit of honey and flavor wit ground spice such as nutmeg.

Color Clues - The bold pigments in carrots indicate they are chock- full of antioxidants and vitamins like beta - carotene (the familiar red ones) and lycopene (less common dark - purple varieties).There is no difference in taste.