In this article, we will look at some interesting facts about such a nutritious vegetable as carrots. 1. The first mention of the word “carrot” (English – carrot) was recorded in 1538 in a book of herbs. 2. In the early years of cultivation, carrots were grown for the use of seeds and tops, rather than the fruit itself. 3. Carrots were originally white or purple in color. As a result of the mutation, a yellow carrot appeared, which then became our usual orange one. The orange carrot was first bred by the Dutch, as it is the traditional color of the royal house of the Netherlands. 4. California has an annual Carrot Festival. 5. British Army slogan during World War II: “Carrots keep you healthy and help you see in the blackout.” Initially, carrots were grown for medicinal purposes, not food. A medium-sized carrot contains 25 calories, 6 grams of carbs, and 2 grams of fiber. The vegetable is rich in beta-carotene, a substance that the body converts to vitamin A. The more orange the carrot, the more beta-carotene it contains.