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Monday, October 4, 2010

Mama Carrots, Daddy Carrots and Baby Carrots

Did you know there is no such thing in nature as a baby carrot? In spite of what a lot of people think, baby carrots are not a special variety of carrots, they are regular carrots that have been cut into baby carrot form.

I absolutely HATE them. This may sound strange coming from someone who munches close to a pound of them every day. Don't get me wrong, I love carrots, I just hate the baby ones. But I eat them because they are so much more convenient. I hate them because they don't taste as good, and, in fact, often taste downright awful thanks to the way they are processed. The bags are often saturated with icky water, leaving them soggy with a kind of rotting smell and taste. They are also made from the blemished carrots that would otherwise be thrown away. Thus, I doubt they are as healthy as regular carrots either. I have declared a moratorium on baby carrots in our house before and bought only regular carrots, but then I inevitably get sick of all the peeling and chopping and start buying the baby ones again. But lately, the ones we have been getting around here are really gross. The Earthbound farm organics have looked, smelled and tasted terrible. After gagging on some last week, I decided that enough is enough. Back to regular carrots! Adam recently told me that he was complaining about the baby carrots to a colleague, who happens to also be a farmer. This guy told Adam that he would never eat a baby carrot. He also told him that he eats carrots unpeeled. I have been thinking about this and decided to give it a try. Today, instead of snacking on baby carrots before lunch at my desk, I simply washed and cut the ends off some regular, organic carrots and munched away. Verdict: yummy. Also cheaper than baby carrots, and not really any more work since I didn't peel them. End of story.