carrots that are smooth, firm, and crisp, with deep color and fresh, green tops (if present).
carrots that are split, wilted, have begun to sprout, or have soft spots. Dark coloring at the crown indicates that carrots are old.
Seasonality: All year
Remove tops, which are edible, and refrigerate carrots in a plastic bag for up to 2 weeks. Do not store carrots next to apples and pears, which would speed up the ripening process.
Do not wash carrots until ready to use. Gently scrub carrots under cold running water to remove all the dirt on the surface. Next, trim the ends of the carrots and peel if desired. If you peel carrots, peel only one layer from the surface. If the carrots have a bad spot on them, cut it out with a small knife.
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