What are Purple Carrots?

I saw these awesome purple carrots at the farmer’s market a couple weeks ago and just knew that they had to come home with me. While I’ve had purple potatoes, I don’t think that I had ever even heard of purple carrots before, let alone tasted them.

Purple Carrots

When I got home, I decided to do a bit of research on my latest find. A Google image search for purple carrots returns some pretty amazing purple carrot varieties. Aren’t those colors stunning? Then I came across this article – which outlines this great info:

Facts

  • Purple carrots were actually the world’s first carrot variety, from ancient Persia
  • They have been found to lower blood pressure and reverse liver and heart damage caused by high-carb, high-fat diets – even if you maintain that unhealthy diet (unfortunately, some poor lab rats were used for this study)
  • Purple carrots contain up to 28 times more anthocyanins (the antioxidant that creates the purple-red pigment in blueberries and raspberries) than in orange carrots

Purple Carrots

I decided to just roast these babies – but imagine how great these would look julienned in a salad or stir-fry?

I simply tossed them in a bit of olive oil and a crushed clove of garlic, sprinkled them with salt, and roasted them in the oven for about 25 minutes at 400F (200C). They taste pretty much the same as orange carrots, but look at that deep purple color. Stunning!

Purple Carrots

UPDATE

June 1, 2011 – I used purple carrots in this recipe for Spicy Peanut Quinoa Salad.

6 Comments

  1. So pretty, looks a lot like beetroot!

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    • vegangela says:

      I know, right? :)

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  2. Beautiful! I’ve never seen these. I recently tried purple cauliflower for the first time, too. I’ll keep an eye out for these carrots, or maybe even find seeds and plant them. Thanks for the info, Angela!

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    • vegangela says:

      You’re welcome! Aren’t they beautiful? I’ve seen purple cauliflower – will keep an eye out for it. Thanks for your comments!

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  3. Lisette says:

    I think I need to go into a vege co-op with you as you always find the most interesting things!

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    • vegangela says:

      Yes, let’s go the farmer’s markets together one weekend. I always buy too much stuff so it would be great to be able to share with you. I found purple carrots last week @ Woolies though!!

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