Carrot Trivia - Part One
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Trivia 1 lists the many and weird interesting facts about carrots.
which gives examples of the carrot in the Arts and
Sciences together with some fascinating "rock art" discovered by Brian Lee
in America. Here you will also find the famous icy sparks microwave
effect explained, and examples of carrot tattoos. Carrots can make antifreeze and see if carrots could unlock the mysteries
of the universe!
It would take 7920 8 inch carrots to make a mile of carrots (4921 in a kilometer). It would mean you would require 103,348,080 carrots to reach end to end of the Great Wall of Chine (13049 miles/21000km long). Approximately 6,200,884 metric tonnes (10 times the annual UK production - one carrot avg 60g)
CARROT CIGARETTES! yes - The Dubbo Liberal and Macquarie Advocate (New South Wales), Saturday 15 May 1948
"Why moan about tobacco rationing. Cigarettes which cost him Id. for 20 comes from the carrot and other leaves that Dr. &. A. Harrison, chemical pathologist to St. Bartholomew's Hospital, gathers in a garden. Carrot leaves make excellent cigarettes and he has smoked many a pipe."
Carrot references can be found in many part of the arts and sciences. Carrots have been included in several major works of art and helped in identifying species in the 16th century using the paintings of the Dutch masters.
Carrots are more nutritious when cut by a knife! - read here.
Carrots can make a material as strong as carbon fibre! - read here
And a new Formula 3 Racing Car with a carrot steering wheel! - here
Why carrots taste sweeter in winter - here
In the US a typical carrot has to travel 1,838 miles to reach your dinner table! (Source: Pirog, Rich, and Andrew Benjamin. "Checking the Food Odometer: Comparing Food Miles for Local Versus Conventional Produce Sales in Iowa Institutions." Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, July 2003. http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/pubs/staff/files/food_travel072103.pdf)
There is a real Carrot Tree, native to Madeira - here - While most members of the Apiaceae are herbaceous, a few are woody, such as this Tree Carrot, Monizia edulis, which is endemic to the Island of Madeira. It is fairly common for families that are predominantly herbaceous to have woody representatives on oceanic islands. Photo here.
The 1551 edition of the "Libro de Agricultura" by Gabriel Alonso de Herrera records the "colour of oranges" to describe carrots.
One of the first written evidences of an orange carrot, particularly written in English (and therefore cannot be misinterpreted during translation) is Hortus Medicus Edinburgensis – A Catalogue of plants in the Physical Garden at Edinburgh by James Sutherland intendent of said garden in 1683.
This work makes reference to Orange, Red, Yellow and White carrots, together with the common Wild Carrot. It and also distinguishes them from Parsnip as a separate plant. See extract here). This is a very useful record as it shows what actually existed in the botanic garden in Edinburgh.
DID YOU KNOW:
- Carrot juice is used for many things besides drinking. Ed Ruscha, who is a master printer and artist uses carrot juice instead of printer ink. He has also printed with spinach juice, chocolate and strawberries. Read more about Ed Ruscha here. Read more about the wonder and health benefits of Carrot Juice here.
- a pyramid of carrots containing 3 tons of carrots would be approximately 4 feet square and 4 feet tall. If we take the estimate of 27,500 carrots as 3 toms, and assume an average volume of 1.2 cubic inches for each carrot, then the base of a square pyramid would be approximately 4 feet by 4 feet. The height would be nearly the same. This assumes the carrots on the base are laid out in one direction and alternated for each successive layer. Calculations from Bolthouse Carrots!
- If you dug a hole to the Earth’s centre and dropped a carrot in it, it would take just over 40 minutes to reach the middle
- Although, there are many different carrot varieties available, British farmers tend to grow the Nairobi variety, a berlicum-nantes cross, which is reliable, damage resistant and produces a good yield.
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Is a Carrot a Vegetable or Fruit?
In the European Union Jam Directive, written in the 80s and updated in 2001, it describes the parameters required for a product to be labelled as jam or marmalade and from which the UK Jam and Similar Products legislation is based, there is the phrase "for the purposes of this directive, tomatoes, the edible part of rhubarb stalks, carrots, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, pumpkins, melons and water melons are considered to be fruit". This was introduced to pacify the Portuguese who are strongly into Carrot Marmalade!
Of course carrots are not biologically a fruit as they do not carry the seeds, and the above paragraph in the jam directive does not reclassify them as such, just allows them to be used as fruit.
Duerrs, the famous British Jam maker does not use any carrots in their products, although many years ago they did try carrot jam and tomato jam. It is recalled that this was to try out what the products would taste like due to the above mentioned in the jam directive. The unanimous conclusion at the time was that tomato jam was actually very nice but carrot jam was awful! Try this Carrot Jam Recipe.
Marmalade is a curiously British term, marmalade means a jam made with citrus
fruit. The term was fought over in the European Community as other countries
wanted to do away with it or change its meaning. Marmalade contains citrus
fruit (sometimes with something else like ginger or ) and is usually
characterised by the cut of the peel. Marmalade is thought to have originated
in Portugal, where quinces (marmelo) were cooked with sugar to make a preserve.
The British were the first to add the peel back to orange marmalade, to make the
preserve set instead of using apple juice, hence the British tradition of orange
Carrot is definitely a vegetable. Though vegetable is strictly a
culinary term, and open to mis-interpretation.
Carrot Marmalade Recipe here. The Wikipedia gives a good
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegetable Normally a vegetable is a part of
a plant which is edible (usually grown to be eaten) and does not contain the
seeds, or is not formed from the flower. For example an apple tree flowers,
the flower then turns into the actual apple, which in turn contains seeds. Same
with a banana, plum etc. Hence a tomato is a fruit. A vegetable like the carrot,
flowers and produces seeds externally, usually in the form of a seed bud from
the flower. Carrot is biennial, flowering in
the second year, above ground.
Carrot is definitely a vegetable. Though vegetable is strictly a culinary term, and open to mis-interpretation. Carrot Marmalade Recipe here.
The Wikipedia gives a good definition here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegetable
Normally a vegetable is a part of a plant which is edible (usually grown to be eaten) and does not contain the seeds, or is not formed from the flower.
For example an apple tree flowers, the flower then turns into the actual apple, which in turn contains seeds. Same with a banana, plum etc. Hence a tomato is a fruit.
A vegetable like the carrot, flowers and produces seeds externally, usually in the form of a seed bud from the flower.
Carrot is biennial, flowering in the second year, above ground.
The Peruvian Carrot
The arracacha (also know as Peruvian carrot) ( Arracacia xanthorriza ) is a garden root vegetable originally from the Andes, somewhat intermediate between the carrot and celery and related to them. Its starchy taproot is a popular food item in South America, especially in Brazil where it is a major commercial crop. The name arracacha (or racacha ) was borrowed into Spanish from Quechua, and is used in the Andean region. The plant is also called apio criollo (" Creole celery") in Venezuela, zanahoria blanca ("white carrot") in Ecuador, virraca in Peru, and mandioquinha ("little cassava") or batata-baroa in Brazil. It is sometimes called white carrot in English, but that name properly belongs to white varieties of the common carrot. The leaves are similar to parsley, and vary from dark green to purple. The roots resemble fat short carrots, with lustrous off-white skin. The interior may be white, yellow, or purple.
Food Miles -
Food miles: carrots on the road
• Carrots, like other food, are travelling nearly 60 per cent further on the UK roads than in the 1970s.
• Much of this increase in food mileage is due to the centralisation of our food distribution systems. Most carrots are sold through the major supermarkets. The major retailers have around 76 per cent of the market share for fresh produce and 63 per cent of shoppers buy their fruit and vegetables from supermarkets.
• Research by SAFE Alliance into carrot prices shows that although the supermarkets have more purchasing power than other retailers, savings are not passed on to the customer. The research also found that smaller retailers such as greengrocers and street markets can often provide locally grown carrots at a very similar price to the supermarket's carrots from further away.
• Direct sales from the producer to the consumer are one way of reducing the distance our food travels, of increasing the likelihood that it is really fresh, and of creating a dialogue between farmers and consumers about the farming of our countryside.
• Buy loose rather than pre-packed carrots, as pre-packed carrots are bulkier and cause more transport pollution as well as using more packing materials.
• Buy local carrots direct from farm shops, farmers' markets or a box scheme. The Soil Association (tel 0117 929 0661) produces a list of such local food schemes.
Complementary Carrot Museums
Romana from Newport Rhode Island has her own Carrot Museum and has been collecting carrot artefacts since 1993 and now has over a 1300 pieces from all over the world! These range from mugs, artwork, toys, birdhouses, underwear and a toothbrush. Her husband, Charles has even given her three carrot rings!!.
This is surely true carrot madness. Romana has so much stuff
it warrants a few pages of her own in the World Carrot Museum. A few pages of
photos will give you a flavour of the entire collection.
here to go there. Of course her collection includes contributions
from the World Carrot Museum.
See what other collectors get up to on the Carrot Collectors Pages - here.
There is also a small display "museum" in Belgium, though really is a very small collection on public display - see here.
Carrot Thimble -
Yes! just when you think you have seen everything a new carrot items appears.
A thimble made out of a real carrot. Hand carved by, the artist, a silversmith, is Lucerne Wulf of AZ. She
normally makes wonderful silver thimbles, but wanted to try thimbles in other materials. This carrot is from her "vegetable" phase. She also made a thimble
from a potato!
A Wonderful Carrot Fan - Just when the Carrot Museum thinks it has seen everything another fantastic find comes along. This fan is one of many interesting novelty fans soon to be in a book titled "Novelty Fans, Fashionable, Foundational Fun Accessories of the Past" by hand fan expert Cynthia Fendel. The paper mâché carrot is approximately 6" closed and 13" when the fabric leafs at the top are pulled up.
The fan style is called "cockade" and simple examples were popular during the late 19th century in Europe and the US. A variety of objects were imitated such as pencils, candles, and bottles. Although Japan made many novelty fans, this is not from far east. There are no markings on the fan. Any comments on this fan would be greatly appreciated. Click on the picture for a larger image, or here.
Why not visit Cynthia Fendel's web site for a fascinating insight in the
world of fans:
Carat is the unit of weight for precious stones, equal to 200 milligrams
Caret is a proof readers insertion mark
Carrot is the edible orange rooted vegetable
Karat is one 24th part of otherwise pure gold
Did you know? - One pound of carrots gives a normal man enough energy to raise 64 tons 1 foot in the air? That same pound can produce 1 ounce and 11 grains of sugar. A pound also contains 14 ounces of water.
(From: Food collection Bethnal Green Museum – Dr Lankester)
Carrots contain more sugar than any other vegetable, with the exception of beets.
Attempts have also been made to extract sugar from Carrots, but the resulting thick syrup refuses to crystallize, and in competition with either cane sugar or that obtained from the sugar beet, it has not proved commercially successful.
Carrot sugar, got from the inspissated juice of the roots, may be used at table, and is good for the coughs of consumptive children.
From 1 lb. of Carrots we can obtain 1 oz. and 11 grains of sugar
Since the sugars are concentrated in the carrots' core, generally those with larger diameters will have a larger core and therefore be sweeter.
Carrot Sunday - The Sunday before Michaelmas 29 September is called carrot Sunday in Scotland.
On the afternoon of the Sunday preceding Michaelmas, women and girls in the Hebrides gather St. Michael's wild carrots. But they don't just dig them up haphazardly - a very special ritual must be observed.
First, triangular holes are dug with a three-pronged mattock; the holes represent St. Michael's shield and the mattock is symbolic of his trident. As the carrots are being dug, the following charm is recited:
After the carrots are dug, they are tied into bunches with red thread. These are given as gifts to visitors on Michaelmas Day. Any carrots with forked roots are thought to be especially lucky.
The Eve of St. Michael is the eve of bringing in the carrots, of baking the struan, of killing the lamb, of stealing the horses. The Day of St. Michael
is the Day of the early mass, the day of the sacrificial lamb, the day of
the oblation struan, the day of the distribution of the lamb, the day of
the distribution of the struan, the day of the pilgrimage to the burial-ground
of their fathers, the day of the burial-ground service, the day of giving
and receiving the carrots with their wishings and acknowledgements, and the
day of the oda - the athletics of the men and the racing of the horses. The
Night of Michael is the night of the dance and the song, of the merry-making,
of the love-making, and of the love-gifts.
An ancient pagan festival, Christianized into the feast day of St. Michael,
demonstrates the close relationship of magic to food. Wild carrots, a symbol of
fertility were dug in late September to honour St. Michael, patron saint of the
sea, a great celebration being held on September 29. The Sunday prior to St.
Michael’s day the carrots were harvested by women singing special songs, forked
roots being especially prized. They were typically dug by removing soil in an
equal-sided triangle, using a special three-pronged mattock. They were tied with
a red thread in bundles of three and presented by the women to their menfolk.
The significance of the number three is believed to have originated as symbolic
of the three stages of a woman’s life - girl, mother, crone - and later was
Christianized to be symbolic of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.
You thought you had seen it all - well what about this Carrot Soap Box made
for a Soap Box Derby in Vancouver,BC, CANADA. Many thanks to Judson Beaumont
Owner & Designer of Straight Line Designs Inc. Great idea Judson.
Kinetic Carrot Sculpture Cars - Once a simple race down Ferndale's Main Street, the Great Arcata to Ferndale World Championship Kinetic Sculpture Race has grown to become a three-day, all terrain race across 42 miles of roads, mud, water, sand, gravel and more. Held annually on Memorial Day weekend, this local event draws racers and spectators from around the country, and has been televised around the world!
And of course it attracts Carrot Cars! Looks like great fun.
Yin and Yang - Asians traditionally classify foods as yin, yang, or neutral, depending on the energy they impart to the body. Yin, or cooling, foods are said to have a calming effect, whereas yang foods are warming. Neutral foods, such as rice and other whole grains, provide balance. Westerners tend to over indulge in yang foods, such as french fries and meat. The aim is to maintain health through a proper balance of yin and yang.
Yin (cooling) foods include Steamed, poached, or boiled foods. Bok choy, bean sprouts, cucumber, eggplant, tofu, seafood.
Yang (warming) foods include Deep fried, stir-fried, or roasted foods. Meats
& poultry. Garlic, ginger, spices, carrots,
Odds and Ends -
It has a orange-brown colour, it is dry and medium-fine, and has a scent of carrot.
French Carotte Snuff by Fribourg & Treyer is blended using Zimbabwe Flue Cured Leaf, Dark Cured Leaf & Flue Cured Stem tobacco. Flavoured with Sandalwood Oil & French Carotte Essence, French Carotte snuff is historically described as "Snuff blending allows for infinite variety, since the many bases and well-nigh limitless perfumes give the expert ample scope for experiment. Sometimes, a happy combination of ingredients is arrived at with gratifying results. This happened with French Carotte. As a mixture it is new but the components were in use over two centuries ago. In earlier time the word “Carotte” meant the roll of tobacco from which snuff users grated their own; today it names one of the finest bases, smooth and retentive, deserving only the best of perfumes. One such is sandalwood oil which is distilled from the aromatic wood of a small evergreen tree grown in the East, and has a delicate non-cloying aroma faintly suggestive of incense. Combining these select ingredients has produced a charming snuff of unique distinction."
Buy your carrot snuff here.
Birds Nest - European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) face serious pressure from pathogens and parasites. Studies by biologist Larry Clark show that by lining their nests with select fresh vegetation, these birds are protecting themselves from a myriad of possible infections. Wild carrot (Daucus carota), for example, kills fowl mites in starling nests, although the precise mechanism by which this occurs is not known. The carrot contains the steroid B-sitosterol, a compound that repels mites and inhibits their egg-laying abilities.
This compound is also found in leaves of the margosa tree (Azadirachta indica), from which house sparrows often gather material to line their nests, and which some Native Americans employ as a tick repellent. Other chemicals in the plant may disrupt the mites' feeding behaviour, or delay mite development and colonisation within the nest. How starlings know to choose parasite-deterring plants like the wild carrot remains a bigger mystery.
Old Dollar Bills - September 26, 1778 $40: Here are the Continental Currency notes of the September 26, 1778 Resolution SN 140734
Signed by J(oseph) Snowden in red ink and R(obert) Cather. The emblem on the front shows the rays of an all seeing eye shining down on what appears to be a sacrificial alter with a flame that is surrounded by thirteen stars, below is the motto: CONFEDERATION. The nature print on the back is of carrot leaves.
Some unusual shaped carrots, kindly sent by Diana Grappasonno, from Portland Oregan. Click on photo to see enlarged image.
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111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321 wow!
Riddle: The following number is the only one of its kind. '8,549,176,320'
Can you figure out what is so special about it?
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