Carrots

Health Benefit to You

Carrots contain beta- carotene. Beta-carotene is also a powerful antioxidant effective in fighting against some forms of cancer, especially lung cancer. Current research suggests that it may also protect against stroke, and heart disease. A 1/2 cup serving of cooked carrots contains four times the recommended daily intake of vitamin A in the form of protective beta-carotene.

Carrots are also a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and manganese, and a good source of vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, iron, potassium and copper. Source: HealthLearning.org.

Learn the history at Producpedia.com or print a commodity page at the California Foundaiton for Ag in the Classroom.

Buy California Grown

Fresh, California grown carrots are available throughout the year.

Where Do Carrots Grow? In California | US | The World

In California

Imperial, Riverside and Monterey Counties.

In the United States

California, Texas, and Florida .

In the World

Russia, Japan, United States,France, and the United Kingdom

From Farms to Your Family Step 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Step 1: Seeding

Carrots are a root crop. They are planted into the field about 1/2" deep into the soil. The seeds will germinate in 7 days.

Step 2: Harvest

Carrots are ready to harvest 50 to 85 days after planting.  They are machine harvested by mowing the tops then lifting the roots with a modified sweet potato harvester, or by loosening the soil with a specialized plow (carrot lifter) which harvests the crop in one pass.

Step 3: Harvesting for Fresh Market

For fresh market, carrots with tops intact are harvested by hand.  They are bundled together with generally twelve to a bunch and sent to a packaging house to be quickly washed and hydrocooled (cooled in water). Next, they are placed in waterproof cartons, topped with ice, and shipped. Because of the high respiration, the temperature of carrots during the harvest and storage period must be closely monitored and kept low.

Step 4: Learn about the varieties by visiting the University of Georgia page on carronts: http://www.uga.edu/vegetable/carrot.html

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