Carrots were esteemed for their medicinal value prior to the time of Christ. Settlers arriving in Virginia were the first to bring carrot seeds to America. Originally, purple carrots came from the region now known as Afganistan 5000 years ago. Beta III carrots have 5 times the beta carotene of regular carrots. Maroon carrots are sweeter than regular carrots and have a porous texture like celery or apples. Look for leafy tops thatcare crisp and green, an indication of freshness.
- supplies calcium pectate, a soluble fiber that helps remove LDL (bad) cholesterol from the body
- high in beta carotene, from which the body makes vitamin A
- very low in calories, with virtually no fat - a superlative diet food
- antioxidant and anti-cancer properties in beta carotene