Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Why Purple Carrots Are Awesome

The fact that I can buy purple carrots for the same price as orange carrots is a marvel to me. Why?

1. Because purple carrots have a gazillion times more antioxidants than orange carrots. 
Well, 2x more beta carotene and 28x more anthocyanins, anyway. They're not only good for your eyes, but your liver, your heart, and your glucose; they can help reduce inflammation in the body, and mop up free radicals. And there's scientific evidence to say so.

2. Because your average curry will look other-worldly with purple carrots in it.

3. Because they taste great, of course.
My favourite ways to enjoy carrots?
Roasted carrots, with olive oil and sea salt.
My mother-in-law's famous carrot cake with walnuts.
Spelt and carrot muffins.
Refreshing grated carrot salad.
That special cake I just made for Nelle's birthday (recipe coming soon!)
Orange and carrot juice for breakfast.
Carrot juice popsicles, with a dash of honey. 

Want to read more? Here are some other recipes for purple carrots, from some of my favourite blogs:

Carrot thyme loaf - le Delicieux (where Jennifer also gave props to purple carrots!)
Baked carrots - 101 Cookbooks (Heidi was on to these in 2006!)
Black rice and purple carrot salad - Scandi Foodie

Do you have a favourite purple carrot recipe? If so, link to it in the comments - we'd love to hear about it!
Amanda xx

PS. Currently I get purple carrots from the farmer's markets - or Woolies in Australia sells non-organic ones!


Paula said... [Reply to comment]

I've never tasted a purple carrot and I'm really intrigued now. Would love to see what your MIL's carrot cake looks like made with these beauties.

Deliciously Organic said... [Reply to comment]

I don't have a favorite recipe, but love this post! I bet my kids would love a cream of carrot soup - that was purple!! I'll have to keep an eye out for some next time I'm at the market.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I had no idea they were so super healthy! I liked them because they are sooooo preeety :-)

Easy peasy organic said... [Reply to comment]

@The Vanilla Bean Baker Paula - I might experiment with a couple of purple carrot cakes ... the one I made for Nelle I did with wholemeal flour and it came out kinda brown. The icing, however, was a lovely shade of pink! And not a drop of red40 anywhere :)

Easy peasy organic said... [Reply to comment]

@Deliciously Organic Thanks, Carrie! Yep, there's nothing like giving kids something that's purple and *natural* to get them enthused :) Can't wait to see what goodies you'll come up with ... mmmmm ....

Easy peasy organic said... [Reply to comment]

@broderickphotography Oh, yes! They're the dark chocolate of the produce world ... or something.

Beck said... [Reply to comment]

We used to get the odd bunch when we would get our Food Connect Box here in Adelaide. My 3 year old started eating raw carrot thanks to the purple carrots ..... yay for them being her favourite colour!!! I love purple carrots.

Jennifer (Delicieux) said... [Reply to comment]

Yay for purple carrots!!!! So great to see you love them as much as I do. By the way, I love your photos too, they show the carrots off fantastically.

Thanks for linking to my carrot loaf too!

Easy peasy organic said... [Reply to comment]

@Beck I know. Shame on those Dutch for orange-itising carrots. Think of all those millions of purple-loving children whose lives may have been changed ...

Easy peasy organic said... [Reply to comment]

@Jennifer (Delicieux) Thank you, Jennifer - and my pleasure! x

Sherilyn @ Wholepromise said... [Reply to comment]

I didn't realise they were higher in antioxidants than orange ones - great info. I haven't done purple carrots yet - think I may need to. Lovely pics Amanda.

Easy peasy organic said... [Reply to comment]

@Sherilyn @ Wholepromise Do it! :)

Carissa @ Pretty/Hungry said... [Reply to comment]

I grew purple carrots in my garden this year. Loved the beautiful colors but I need to figure out how to get them to grow large and hearty like these. Mine were skinny!

Easy peasy organic said... [Reply to comment]

@Carissa @ Pretty/Hungry Yeah, I wonder what makes a carrot skinny vs plump? I'm still learning when it comes to gardening, but I figure chicken poo and water should solve everything, right?

chinmayie @ love food eat said... [Reply to comment]

I have never seen purple carrots and they look so beautiful!! Would love to cook with it :)

Our Old House said... [Reply to comment]

You've inspired me. Sowing some purple dragon carrot seeds in a big pot today.

Ng said... [Reply to comment]

WHat is in the canning jar? Looks beautiful.

Easy peasy organic said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Ng, It's a coconut curry made with purple carrots! Pretty fun eating purple Indian food, I must say. ;)

ng said... [Reply to comment]

@Amanda @ Easy Peasy Organic
Do you have a recipe?

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I don't really like carrots but love purple carrots. I think it's because they look so exotic and alien that it makes eating them fun for me. Knowing how healthy they are is a sure plus. When I saw them at my Farmer's Market for the same price as regular carrots, I had to ask because I didn't believe it, but sure enough, they were. I was stoked. Yay for purple carrots!

Easy peasy organic said... [Reply to comment]

@ng I'll work on that for you ... :)

Easy peasy organic said... [Reply to comment]

@Anonymous Now THAT is what I call bargain hunting!

Andrew said... [Reply to comment]

I mush some up with mashed potato, or make a purple carrot and onion puree. It is fun to eat such vividly coloured food.

Empress kandake said... [Reply to comment]

I will be including more purple carrots in my diet for sure... Great post

Easy peasy organic said... [Reply to comment]

@Andrew Purple carrot and onion! sounds devine :)

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I brought them at Coles and the kids loved them even though they usually don't eat carrots.

James2013 said... [Reply to comment]

I have bought purple carrots a couple of times. I love the colour but I haven't found that they taste as much as the orange ones. Anyone else find this? In the meantime I will keep trying them.

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