Cosmic Purple Carrot seeds went into the ground today, along with Cherry Belle radishes. Purple is a bit of a misnomer because this is an orange carrot with a purple skin. Still, it adds a bit of anthocyanin to the betacarotenes for great nutrition.
I planted these sweet carrots as a taste test. By September I expect to plant the old standby, Danvers Half Long Carrots for my storage carrots.
I eat a lot of raw carrots, they keep my cholesterol under control without pharmaceutical companies. I also eat other high soluble fiber foods, but this always works, and is 4 times higher in soluble fiber than oatmeal with fewer calories. At any rate, in 30 years I have never had high cholesterol again. Spilt peas help, apples, and so on. Carrots are my old standby.
Carrots are amazing, they have so many medicinal properties I half expect them to be restricted. A 10 year study on cardiovascular disease showed that 1/4 cup of deep orange carrots per day, decreased cardiovascular risk significantly. Increasing to 1/2 cup made another significant improvement. Since I eat one carrot most days, about 25 calories, I am right on track.
In addition, women who eat carrots twice a week have reduced risk of glaucoma. Check. Not sure why men were left out of the study, but it surely wouldn’t harm men.
In addition to the well-known betacarotenes, carrots have falcarinol and falcarindiol, two phytonutrients that in conjuction with betacarotenes, inhibit the growth of colon cancer.
One thing that I noticed is that one medium carrot also has 18 percent of daily requirement of Vitamin K, also known as Laetrile, a known anticancer nutrient. It also has 200% of daily Vitamin A plus biotin.
See why I am surprised that carrots are not regulated? They have more health benefits than most pharmaceuticals. I like raw carrots, but lacto-fermentation improves digestibility of carrots, and if you add a piece of ginger, garlic, onion, and/or oregano, the taste is awesome. Lightly steamed or sautéed are good too, and improve digestibility also. If you eat carrots raw, chew well and let the saliva get a good head start on digestion.
If you have chickens or other farm animals, they eat the nutritious greens that we find bitter. The humble carrot earns its place in my food forest… now if I can keep it away from the rabbits and mule deer.
It is still raining on and off. Just right for giving my Cosmic Purple carrot seeds a good start.