Crazy About Carrots

By Lauren Scott, Arizona Farm Bureau Intern 

Did you know that carrots are in season from October to May in Arizona? So why don’t I know more people who cook with them? In my opinion, carrots are underrated. We all know that they are good for us, but none of us really WANT to eat them. They get added to salads and soups but are never part of the main course.

With all the nutritional value in carrots, I think I’ll start using them more frequently in my cooking. They are full of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin B8, iron, potassium, manganese, and fiber, making them a very nutritiously well-rounded veggie.

If you don’t find carrot’s orange color appealing, or your kids refuse to eat them, try purchasing them in different colors. At most grocery stores and farmers’ markets you can find carrots in an array of colors including purple, white, red, yellow, and of course, orange.

And, we especially love Rousseau Farming Company carrots. This Arizona farm family has been growing carrots and other produce since 1878. Their families have had their hands in Arizona soil since they first came to this state where they started in cattle, then expanded to cotton, hay and corn, and finally transitioned to vegetables. This family is best known for their carrots, however. You can find their carrots in the grocery store with their family’s brand name, Rousseau.

To get you started on your newly found love for carrots, I’d like to share with you some of my favorite carrot recipes:

Carrot Bread 

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Abby’s Yummy Veggie Pizza

Carrot Ginger Soup

Carrot, Leek, and Turnip Sauté

Carrot Salad

Veggie Chili

If you want more recipes featuring carrots, check out the recipe section on Fill Your Plate.

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