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What nutrients do CARROTS HAVE? wHICH OF THESE NUTRIENTS CARROTS ARE HIGH IN AND OF WHICH nutrients CARROTS ARE GOOD SOURCES OF. Which of these nutrients can easily be lost? How can you best store carrots to preserve the nutrients? What is the origin and history of this vegetable?

Carrots are high in vitamin A and a good source of vitamin C. Vitamin C may be lost during storage. Click here for our database to see how best to store carrots.

Elizabeth Schneider in “Vegetables from Amaranth to Zucchini” states that yellow and purple carrots are believed to be from Afghanistan and were carried west and into Europe some time around the 1100’s. The familiar orange carrot probably originated in Europe in the 17th century.

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