How to: Prepare carrots

Most of us are very familiar with this root vegetable. It’s an essential on vegetable party trays, a main component of the classic French mire poix, and it’s sweet enough for dessert (hello, spiced carrot cake!). But did you know that this orange, sweet veggie wasn’t always orange and sweet? Early cultivars were purple and hardly sweet at all. There were the occasional yellow and white wild varieties as well, but it wasn’t until the 1700s that Dutch farmers began to grow and harvest the sweet orange carrots we’re familiar with today. While you’ll still see the purple, yellow and white varieties, orange is the go-to option in the kitchen, and for good reason: it’s the sweetest and most flavorful! It’s versatility allows it to be prepared in various ways and used in nearly every recipe imaginable, and this tutorial will guide you through the basics when it comes to slicing, chopping, and grating carrots in your own kitchen

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