Yes, similar to how there are purple tomatoes and blue potatoes, once upon a time there were actually purple carrots! We love a novel fact here so lets have a brief look into the history of the invaluable carrot…
The carrot we all know today wasn’t cultivated until the late 16th century when Dutch farmers took mutant strains of the purple carrot and merged them to form the crunchy, sweet variety we all know and love. Before the Dutch cultivation almost all carrots were purple with the occasional yellow and white variety popping up. Many think the reason for the orange colouration of carrots stemmed from the Dutch tribute to the emblem of the House of Orange and the struggle for Dutch independence. However, the most probable reason was because of the orange carrots distinct sweeter taste and more fleshy body. The purple variety may not have tasted as nice, but the anthocyanin content made it a healthy variety, particularly when it comes its antioxidant content and ability to stave off heart disease and some cancers.
World Carrot Museum, (2014). History of Carrots – A brief summary and timeline. Retrieved 22nd May, 2014, from http://www.carrotmuseum.co.uk/history.html