DYK: Carrots

DYK: Carrots

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The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know. We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know fun food facts we will look at Carrots.

The Facts: Eating too many carrots can cause a person’s skin to turn yellowish orange, especially on the palms or soles of the feet. This is called carotenemia. It is completely reversible once the consumption of carrots is reduced.

  • Carrots are a root vegetable that originated in Afghanistan. They were purple, red, white, and yellow, but never orange.
  • They are a member of the Umbelliferae family, which also includes celery, parsley, dill,cilantro, caraway, cumin, and the poisonous hemlock.
  • Carrots are about 87% water.
  • February 3rd is National Carrot Cake Day.
  • Orange carrots get their color from beta carotene.
  • They have more beta carotene than any other vegetable. One cup of carrots has 16,679 IU of beta-carotene.
  • The largest carrot ever recorded weighed 18.985 pounds.

 

 

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