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Purple Carrots

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I spotted purple carrots in Waitrose today, and just had to buy them to try out. We are so used to orange carrots, it is easy to forget that there are other varieties out there to play with.

In fact, there is a whole history of the carrot here, if you are interested:

So, not having tried the purple variety before, and with Tara looking most unwilling, even though carrot is about the only vegetable she will eat, I peeled and chopped a couple of them to plain boil as a taste test.

First point. They bleed! Like beetroot do. They stain your fingers. I guess, if you like carrot skin you can just scrub them and cook them with the skin on though, which will probably solve that, and my hands are back to their normal colour after a rinse. :-)

So, this is what they look like. Very pretty, I think...

After I had cooked them until tender, I drained the water, which had a distinctive blue tinge to it:

And this was what I was left with:

The taste is about the same as orange carrots, so no issues there. However, I was disappointed to see so much of the vibrant colour gone, but if you like carrot raw, this would look very pretty in a salad.

Tara was not impressed by the colour change at all (You should have seen her face! LOL), and she will not be persuaded to change to the purple carrot. As for me, the rest of them will go into the venison and pork sausage casserole I'm making tomorrow. I'll be honest, they are not doing it for me as a side veg, but I don't think I'll mind them in a casserole. :-)

Oh, I do love autumnal goodies and my slow cooker. They are a truly heavenly combination. :-) I made pork and chickpea casserole yesterday, and it is gorgeous!

Tonight we are headed to the grill, however, for a change of pace with some salmon and the last of the new potatoes. Yum!

Oh, and in other news - a table fit for a Druid Feast in the making. A giant 5000 year old oak has been unearthed in Norfolk, and they are making a table out of it:

Enjoy your day. Are you trying something new today?
Lex xxx
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