Seasonal Spotlight: Carrots

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Ahhh, crunchy sweet carrots!! Winter is the time when they are at their best. Carrots - who doesn't love this root vegetable? Often associated as long and orange, there are actually many varieties of carrots that come in different sizes, shapes, and colors.There are round, turnip-like carrots, and even purple carrots In Japan, the carrots I saw were huge and thick, and red!

Carrots are one of Mother Nature's best foods. Packed full of vitamins and beta carotene, they do a body good. They can be eaten raw, juiced, baked, braised, grilled ... you name it.

Good dips to make for carrots:

Some carrot recipes:
Carrots in Marsala
Indian Spiced Carrot Soup with Ginger
Word of Mouth: Mirepoix
Spicy Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup

(Image: Kathryn Hill)