Imperator Carrots

Imperator carrots are the most widely sold variety of carrots in North America. They have distinctively longer roots than most other types of carrots and tapered tips, but the same typical bright orange color. Originating in Afghanistan around the 10th century, carrots were once purple or yellow. During the Dark Ages, carrots disappeared almost completely from Europe, until they were reintroduced a few hundred years later by the Arab world. The modern carrot gets its characteristic bright orange color from β-carotene, which is metabolized into vitamin A, a requirement for healthy e..

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