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In which we learn about the life of carrots

Friday, January 08, 2010

So this morning after dropping off BF at work I got back on the motorway to reach my work and noticed an accident sign by the side of the road........sure enough a minute later the road in front of me turned from wide open space to a never ending bumper-to-bumper jam. Normally I pay no attention to the radio as my journey is short, so the German blabber between pop songs is not an issue. But this morning I was a captive audience to say the least, with nothing to do but move the car by 1 foot every minute or so to give myself the illusion the traffic was moving (well it was...just as slowly as me).*

So I chaged the station to French blabbering, figuring that at least I would get the news in a language that I do speak.

Instead I was offered..............

For a full 20 minutes...............

A piece on ............................"T
he Bitterness of Carrots".................... the German gameshow I think...

At that point I still have some belief that it is a metaphor for something bigger "a way of contemplating life" (or something like that)

But no.... was just that.........

And I am almost ashamed to say that..........I quite enjoyed it, and I even learned stuff.....

So for all of you who were not stuck in the traffic jam this morning listening to Swiss radio I will give you the main ideas:

- Most people complain that carrots are bitter, but they are not when they are pulled out from the ground.
- The cleaning brushing makes them susceptible to dehydration and mold.
- What makes the carrots bitter is the storage within proximity of fruits or vegetables that produce ethylene gas (which is what causes other fruits to ripen)
- Also, leaving the green tops on carrots causes them to go soft quicker.

So moral of the story: for sweet crunchy carrots, cut the green bits off and store your carrots in the fridge, separate from fruits like apples and tomatoes or vegetables like onions as they emit ripening gases.

Et voila....just in case you though you would end the week not having learned something new !

As for me, I look forward to the weekend, I fully understand why there is a handful of sad looking dehydrated carrots in my fridge right next to the tomatoes, and I can't wait to do day 6 of the Bootcamp.
I have not been eating good, but I am logging, and most of all I am annoyed I can not fit more exercise in my day....surely that's a positive reason to be frustrated, right?

And for even more positive new, both Epicurious and the Good food channel websites are currently bursting with healthy warming winter recipes...because it's cold out there!

Have a great weekend Spark friend. I know where I will be: in the kitchen, making carrot and pumpkin soup, to go with the fresh bread my new bread machine promises to deliver! (oh, and running on Sunday I guess).

*I eventually made it to work...30 minutes later than expected, and never knew where the accident was...the traffic jam just evaporated suddenly, back to my big open motorway...go figure.
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    Ah, I am enlightened now. I guess the good for nothing carrots I buy occasionally have not been stored well. So what's the cure? LOL Guess sometimes all that information is not very helpful.
    anyway, wishing you sweet carrots and a really lovely soup!
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    I can't remember the last time I had a bitter carrot! Thanks for sharing.. I enjoyed your blog!
    3871 days ago
    Good to know since carrots are one of my favorite veggies. I'm now glad that I keep them on a shelf near my condiments for easy reach when snacking.
    3871 days ago
    I'll take it as a sign of good storage techniques, as my carrots usually taste sweet to me.

    Enjoy your weekend and thanks for the info!
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    Now I have learned something new and going to have to move my carrots! I hope you have a great weekend. I will be spending lots of time in my kitchen this weekend as well, one of my fav places to be.
    Have a happy Healthy day and weekend huggss
    3871 days ago
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