Purple Carrots : How Carrots Have Evolved From Purple To Orange

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

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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