Carrots! I love carrots.. did you know, carrots are a root vegetable that originated in Afghanistan. They were purple, red, white, and yellow, but never orange. They are a member of the Umbelliferae family, which also includes celery, parsley, dill, cilantro, caraway, cumin, and the poisonous hemlock.
Both the Ancient Greeks and Romans cultivated carrots.
The Ancient Greeks called the carrot a philtron, which translates to "love charm." They believed the carrot made both men and women more amorous.
In the 16th century, Dutch carrot growers invented the orange carrot in honor of the House of Orange, the Dutch Royal Family. They did this by cross breeding pale yellow carrots with red carrots.
Newly orange, carrots traveled England with Dutch travelers during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
Orange carrots get their color from beta carotene.They have more beta carotene than any other vegetable. One cup of carrots has 16,679 IU of beta-carotene.
Eating too many carrots can cause a person's skin to turn yellowish orange, especially on the palms or soles of the feet. This is called carotenemia. It is completely reversible once the consumption of carrots is reduced. IT IS SAID THAT CAROTENEMIA IN EXTREAM CASSES CAN ADVANCE INTO THE HAIR OF A PERSON AND HIS HORSE.. Hence the name carrot top. I personally don't believe it.
The carrot soon caught on in England as both a food and a fashion accessory. Ladies would often use carrot tops to decorate their hats.
The settlers at Jamestown in 1607 introduced carrots to North America.
Thomas Jefferson grew a variety of different carrots in his gardens at Monticello. In 1814 he produced 18 bushels of carrots.
The scene from the movie It Happened One Night in which Clark Gable leans nonchalantly against a fence eating carrots while talking to Claudette Colbert inspired the creators of Bugs Bunny to give him the same nonchalant, carrot-eating demeanor.