When I was younger, I wanted nothing more than to become a superhero. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to fly or turn invisible and certainly didn’t have super strength. So, I looked into other ways of obtaining my superhero status; and then I found out that there was a way to see in the dark. So, I made it my life mission to eat as many carrots as I could until I was able to see come nightfall.
You can imagine my disappointment when I found out that it wasn’t true… Against popular belief carrots don’t have the ability to magically make you see in the dark. All my carrot munching was for nothing. Well, not entirely! They may not be able to help me save the world, but they’re still packed full of so many nutrients that it’s fair to call them a superhero in themselves.
Part of the root vegetable family, related to parsnip, cumin and parsley; carrots are approximately 5000 years old, originally originating in Afghanistan. When I think of carrots, I automatically think of the lovely bright orange ones, but they come in all different colours; from red, black, white, purple and even yellow. I remember the first time I saw a purple carrot, I just stared at it in awe and amazement. I thought that someone had somehow painted it or was playing some kind of trick on me. But nope it was real, they tasted absolutely delicious and were just so pretty! Although these coloured ones may not contain as much Beta-Carotene (the stuff which helps to make food that lovely orange colour), they still hold the same benefits as the orange version.