Here are the British Carrot association, we've created a big collection of our favourite recipes, and we thought you might like to try them at home.
Carrots are the perfect partner for all kinds of ingredients and what’s more they’re extremely good for you. Carrots are packed with beta-carotene which is converted into vitamin A by the body. This vitamin is essential for growth, healthy bones, teeth, hair and skin, for an effective immune system as well as good vision. Research has shown that many of us have lower levels of vitamin A intakes than is ideally necessary. But an 80g serving of cooked carrot – that’s just half a medium sized carrot – contains more than twice the recommended daily amount of vitamin A equivalent needed by adults. It really couldn’t be easier to eat yourself healthier with carrots.
They’re also low in calories, low in fat and saturates, naturally low in salt but high in fibre making them the perfect snack to crunch on when you’re watching your weight or that of your children. The beta-carotene, when converted into Vitamin A, is an important nutrient for eye health – a lack of it can cause blindness - and because beta-carotene is an important antioxidant, eating carrots helps to keep your skin healthy and elastic.
Carrots are incredibly versatile and can be eaten raw or cooked. The great thing with carrots is that research published in the European Journal of Nutrition⁴ showed that more beta-carotene is absorbed from cooked, puréed carrots than from raw ones In addition, research from Ohio State University in America⁵ has found that more beta-carotene is absorbed when a fresh salad (containing carrots) is eaten with a full-fat salad dressing compared with a fat-free salad dressing as the oil actually helps to absorb the beta-carotene. So for once it’s ok to add that dollop of Mayo!
Use the links below to navigate through our collection of tasty British Carrot recipes!