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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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    What a shame I HATE carrots - they look so cool!
    1968 days ago
    "Russell Crowe, root buyer at Sainsbury's said..."

    Oooooooohhhhhhhhhh, Sainsbury's is now my favourite supermarket :)))
    1968 days ago
    I grew purple carrots one year. They are fun sliced up in salads.
    1969 days ago
    purple carrots cool
    1970 days ago
    1971 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    Never heard of purple carrots before - interesting!

    I wonder who would take the time to inspect bear faeces that closely - let alone smell it!
    1971 days ago
  • 0309COOKIE
    I never heard of a purple carrot before. It is very pretty in its raw state but rather dull once cooked. Thanks for sharing this.
    1971 days ago
  • -POOKIE-
    I got them in Waitrose at the weekend, I roasted mine and ate some raw, nice!
    1971 days ago
    I have never seen nor tried purple carrots, may have to look for them now. Great story on the bog oak, thank you for supplying the link. Being here in the U.S. I was unaware of the find.
    1971 days ago
    I try one thing new a month Lex and one new recipe a month ( p*sses the ole man off he hates trying new stuff LOL), guess you've made my choice for me, I'll keep an eye out in Sainsbury's 2moro.
    1971 days ago
    I read somewhere (I think Sophie Grigson's veg cookbook) that the reason we eat orange carrots is that they were cultivated by the Dutch whose royal family was from Orange (as in William of Orange).

    This may or may not be true but I do remember fondly the episode of The Vicar of Dibley in which Alice is telling Geraldine about her relationship with Hugo.

    'Well we DO play hide the purple parsnip QUITE a LOT!'

    So you see, Alice must shop at Waitrose and play hide and seek there with Hugo.
    1971 days ago
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