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Carrots are a familiar root vegetable that many of us grew up with. When they are fresh, carrots have an undeniable sweet flavor that adds a nice crunch to salads, or they can be a classic addition to a vegetable plate. In the fall and winter, carrots are a welcomed addition to soups and stews.

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Growing Tips:

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Soil Requirements: Nutrient rich, and well-draining soil. Carrots do best if they are sowed directly as seeds.

Water Requirements: Keep the plants well-watered. Watering needs to be deep and frequent to develop bushy tops, which will prevent "green shoulders" on the carrot.

Harvesting: Before harvesting, give the carrot bed a good soaking, this will help the roots release after pulling.

Storage: Cut the green tops 1/4-1/2 inch above the shoulder. Store the in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for about 1 week Consider blanching and freezing for longer storage.

 

Nutritional Information:

Calories: 52

Total Fat: 0.3 g

        Saturated Fat: 

        Trans Fat:

Cholesterol: 0 mg

Sodium: 88.3 mg

Total Carbohydrate: 12.3 g

         Dietary Fiber: 3.6  g

         Sugar: 6.1 g

Protein: 1.2 g

Vitamin A: 21383 IU

Vitamin C: 7.6 mg

Calcium: 42.2 mg

Iron: 0.4 mg