Some unusual facts about one of the nations best loved vegetables—the carrot!
The world’s largest carrot on record measured a whopping 6.245m/20.5ft and was grown by a gentleman called Joe Atherton from seed of St Valery purchased from D T Brown.
That old wives’ tale about carrots helping you see in the dark isn’t entirely off-target; they’re very high in beta-carotene, which is an important nutrient in maintaining healthy eyes.
Mel Blanc, famous for being the voice of Warner Brother’s Bugs Bunny character, apparently did not like carrots!
Up to the Middle Ages, all carrots were purple – the orange variety was first developed in 16th century Holland by patriotic growers who bred it in tribute to the king, William I of Orange.