Your mother was right — carrots truly are good for your eyesight. Carrots are an excellent source of beta-carotene and vitamin A, which has been linked to the prevention of cataracts, as well as eye, throat and sinus infections. Additionally, carrots are rich in vitamins B3, C and E; calcium; phosphorus; potassium; fiber; and folic acid.
Affordable, nutritious and available year-round, carrots are delicious raw or roasted, and a versatile ingredient in a range of dishes from salads to stews. Much of the nutrition is close to the surface, so it is advisable not to peel carrots, but rather simply scrub them well before eating or recipe preparation.
If you buy carrots with the tops, cut them off before storing. The carrots will keep well refrigerated but the greens will spoil and affect the quality of the entire stalk. Do not store them near apples or pears, which emit a gas that will turn carrots bitter. The milled and bagged "baby carrots" in grocery stores everywhere are a very convenient way to have this healthy root vegetable on hand for snacking and cooking.
Try some of these delicious recipes.
Glazed Carrots With Thyme
A little orange zest and brown sugar brighten this side dish.
Ginger Carrot Soup
Rich and delicious, this soup can be eaten hot in the winter and cold in the summer.
Spiced Carrot Bran Muffins
A special breakfast treat.
Carrot, Cranberry and Walnut Salad
A welcome change of pace for a winter salad.
Whole Wheat Carrot Cake
This classic dessert favorite is high in fiber.
Fragrant Indian Carrot and Lentil Soup
This soup is an excellent choice for a healthy weight loss program.
Get a big boost of natural energy with this healthy vegetable drink.
Basic Vegetable Stock
Make a batch and freeze some for a quick soup or stew when you are pressed for time.
Cabbage and Carrot Slaw
This recipe contains no mayonnaise and will travel well to your next potluck.
Root Vegetable Mash
Carrots, potatoes and parsnips blend in perfect harmony for this side dish.