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About purple carrots
While most Americans consider the carrot to be orange, carrots were originally purple or yellow. Most scientists agree that the orange carrot was likely no more than the result of a genetic mutation of the yellow carrot, not by design. The Persian Empire first domesticated purple carrots on the Iranian Plateau in the 10th century AD. Since then, purple carrot cultivation expanded to Europe and China in the 1300s.
Orange carrots cropped up in parts of Europe during the 1500s and somehow overtook the purple carrot in Europe and eventually in North and South America. But the purple carrot remained a staple in the Middle East and Asia. Today, orange, yellow, and white carrots are considered Western carrots, while red and purple carrots are considered Eastern carrots.
Purple carrots have been in farmers' markets across the United States for years, although some viewed them with skepticism until recently. Nobody knows why purple carrots fell out of favor in the U.S. Some believe they have better flavor than orange carrots, and studies have supported this notion. Many think the purple carrot's tendency to leach its dark pigment into dishes led to its decline in popularity. Another idea stems from the fact that orange carrots are easier to grow than purple carrots.
All carrots, regardless of color, are rich in vitamins and minerals. The color of purple carrots comes from anthocyanin, a well-known antioxidant. Scientists believe that anthocyanin helps the body fight diseases like cancer and heart disease, and fight inflammatory diseases. Studies have shown that purple carrots contain twice the amount of alpha and beta carotene than orange carrots, which our body converts to Vitamin A.
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