Carrots are vegetables that grow in the ground. They can be many different colors including orange, purple, yellow and white. Carrots can be bought in the store or at a farmers market with the greens still attached.
Nutrition and Health Benefits of Carrots
Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, which promotes cell growth and good vision. They also contain vitamin C, which helps heal cuts and wounds.
How to Select Carrots
Choose carrots that are firm and deep in color. Avoid carrots that are soft or split. Visible dirt should be scrubbed and rinsed off of carrots before using them.
How to Store Carrots
If the green tops are still attached, cut them off. Store carrots without the green tops in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
How to Prepare Carrots
- Add carrots to casseroles or hot dishes
- Make a smoothie with cooked carrots, pineapple and yogurt
- Dip raw carrot sticks in hummus or your favorite dip
- Add to a stir-fry
- Use shredded carrots to make a carrot cake or muffins
- Roast carrots with a glaze or seasonings and serve as a side dish
- Add chopped carrots to soups or stews
- Make pickled carrots
- Shred carrots and add to coleslaw
- Add to pasta salad or salad greens
Seasonal Availability of Carrots in Nebraska
Materials to Print
The Seasonal Produce Handouts page includes a variety of handouts, recipes, and recipe cards that are available as downloadable PDFs. You can use these resources in your educational programs.