The original carrot.

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Carrots originated in present day Afghanistan (Iranian Plateau: Afghanistan, Pakistan & Iran) about 5000 years ago, probably originally as a purple or yellow root.

Had NO Clues about carrots.

  • Carrots in Afghanistan are used for alcoholic beveragesCarrot-tini?
  • Rabbits shouldn’t eat too many carrots. 1 for them is like 20 for us, too much sugar!
  • Carrots are the second most popular vegetable after potatoes.
  • There are over 100 species of carrots.
  • The biggest carrot recorded is more than 19 pounds and the longest is over 19 feet!
  • The name “carrot” comes from the Greek word “karoton.” The beta-carotene that is found in carrots was actually named for the carrot itself!
  • The average American eats about 12 pounds of carrots a year.

What are carrots good for? According to Care 2

Less common.

1.  A Powerful Antiseptic. They can be used on cuts!! Carrots are known by herbalists to prevent infection  – shredded raw or boiled and mashed.

2.  Healthy Teeth and Gums.  It’s all in the crunch! Carrots clean your teeth and mouth

3.  Prevent Stroke.  Harvard University study, people who ate more than six carrots a week are less likely to suffer a stroke than those who ate only one carrot a month or less.

More common

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Poster promoting carrots

4.  Improved Vision. (Vitamin A is transformed in the retina, to rhodopsin, a purple pigment necessary for night vision.)

5.  Cancer Prevention. Carrots reduce the risk of lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer.  A study showed 1/3 lower cancer risk by carrot-eating mice.

6.  Anti-Aging. The high level of beta-carotene helps slows down the aging of cells.

7.  Healthy Glowing Skin (from the inside). Vitamin A and antioxidants protects the skin from sun damage.

8.  Beautiful Skin (from the outside) . Carrots are used as an inexpensive and very convenient facial mask.

9.  Cleanse the Body . Vitamin A assists the liver in flushing bile and fat from the body.

More a the Carrot museum.

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