Carrots have Bugs Bunny as their spokesman - so, no need for me to gush. One of the few vegetables almost every child will eat. Growing them is a challenge because they don't compete well with weeds and take a long time to mature. This means they require a lot of weed management on our part. Being so universally loved makes it all worth the effort. They are also a staple storage crop for our winter distribution.
Great keeper. They will last many months in your refrigerator in a plastic bag.
Storing carrots with ethylene gas producing items such as apples and oranges will make them taste bitter in a matter of days. Be sure they are not in the same drawer of your refrigerator and that the carrots are wrapped well to prevent the gas from putting them off.
- Don't peel as most of the nutrients are in the skin and if stored properly the skin will not be bitter. See note above about ethylene gas. Just scrub well with a vegetable brush to remove dirt.
- Eat them raw as a healthy snack - either plain or with your favorite dip. Yogurt based dips are a healthy option.
- Add to soups, stews, stir-fries, burritos or cole-slaw.
- Steam lightly and serve with olive oil and herbs for a side dish.