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Purple Carrots

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We’d decided not to write about food for a while. But then I remembered last night that I took a photo of some purple carrots at Çalış market last week.

I was playing around on the internet last night. And, for once, I remembered about the purple carrots and googled them before I wrote about them.

Look at these!

Purple Carrots
Purple carrots for sale on the Sunday Market in Çalış

We’d heard that carrots were originally purple and that it was the patriotic Dutch who made them orange for the House of Orange.

We decided to check up on this just to confirm and make sure it’s not urban myth.

It’s amazing what people are interested in isn’t it?

People have spent a lot of time trying to trace the history of the carrot!

I actually sat and read it just because I couldn’t believe this research even existed.

It turns out there is some truth in the House of Orange story. But most of it seems to be to do with the makeup of soil in different parts of the world.

And, certainly Eastern Turkey, if not West, will have grown purple carrots in days gone by.

Incidentally, purple carrots are supposed to be better for you than the orange ones.

If you type ‘purple carrots’ into Google you’ll find out that they are rich in antioxidants.

Think we may have to purchase some soon.

Wonder if they taste the same as the more familiar orange carrot…

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Turkey's For Life

Monday 6th of February 2012

@ Nomad: We love the purple carrots and they're supposed to be really good for you, too.


Tuesday 2nd of February 2010

Hey. Nice coincidence. The purple carrots made it to Izmir too! And if you suck on a purple carrot stick you can get a free Goth look. Great pics.

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