Taste of the South

Carrots

ARROTS grow throughout the South during two seasons—spring and fall. Growing during the cooler months means the plants will likely be hit by frost before harvest. This dip into icy temperatures encourages the plants to store sugars for later use, making the carrots sweet. While various hues of carrots—purple, red, yellow, and white—are commonly available in markets these days, orange are by far the most popular variety. Carrots get their rich orange color from high amounts of beta-carotene. This brightly colored part of the plant we most commonly eat is the taproot, though the greens are edible and make a delicious

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