History and Facts:
First mention of carrots in the New World was at Margarita Island, off the west coast of Venezuela, in 1565. Carrots were grown by the Colonists at Jamestown, Virginia in 1609, and in Massachusetts in 1629. Planting of mini carrots begins in early September in the Everglades and harvesting begins in mid-October. Planting of regular carrots begins in late September and harvesting starts in early December.

Nutritional Value:
Carrots are an ideal source of vitamin A. In fact, a single carrot provides two times the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A. Carrots are also low in calories and sodium and are a source of potassium.

Carrots should be stored at 32 degrees fahrenheit, with a relative humidity of 98 to 100 percent. They should be moved to the cold storeroom at the end of the day to ensure proper rotation. Typical shelf life is 28 to 180 days.

November through June

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