There's nothing like a fresh, crisp, sweet carrot, and they are so nutritious. The health benefits of carrots include reduced cholesterol, lower risk of heart attacks, improved vision, and reduced signs of premature aging. Furthermore, carrots have the ability to improve the skin, boost the immune system, optimize digestion, protect cardiovascular health, detoxify the body, and boost oral health in a variety of ways. They also provide a well-rounded influx of vitamins, especially vitamin A and minerals.
If the carrots have their tops, be sure to cut the tops off before storing roots in the refrigerator. Save the tops for carrot top pesto or toss in the compost. Carrots, without their tops, will store in the refrigerator for weeks, if not months, though they are at their sweetest and juiciest when fresh.
You can cut them in many shapes and eat carrots raw on their own, or add them to salads, slaws, or ferments. Carrots are also delicious pickled, roasted, braised, made into soup, or even boiled until just tender and tossed with butter or olive oil and garlic. Carrots can also be used in desserts like carrot cake.
Mexican Style Slaw (doesn’t call for grated carrots but is great with them)
Moroccan Carrot Salad
Carrot Salad with Tahini, Crisped Chickpeas, and Parsley
Almost Burnt Carrots with Honey, Butter, and Almonds
Thai Sesame Red Cabbage Slaw with Carrots
Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto
Braised Carrots with Thyme
Grated Carrot Salad with Citrus and Raisins
Quick Carrot Pickles
Fermented Carrot Pickles
Carrot Soup with Ginger and Lime
Winter Slaw with Cabbage, Apples, Carrots, and Pecans
Deborah Madison’s Carrot Almond Cake with Ricotta Cream
Carrot Pie with a Pecan Crust
Edna Lewis’ Three Layer Carrot Cake