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Carrots

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Joe24, 9 Nov 2007.

  1. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Location:
    Nottingham
    Where do carrot seeds come from?
    I've been thinking about it, and when you eat a carrot, you never find any seeds. So where do the seeds come from, and why do we never see them?
    Why were they made to be orange, and not stay at purple?

    You may think its strange, but have you ever sliced a carrot, and found seeds? I havent.
     
  2. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    A carrot is a root vegetable Joe, you will not find any seeds inside. They are Orange because of the beta carotene they contain, this is just how they are, they were not invented or designed by a human to be orange.
     
  3. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    Carrot seeds come from the carrot plant. The bit we eat is not the bit that contains seeds as we eat the root of the plant rather than the fruit of the plant.

    Orange coloured carrots first appeared in the Netherlands in the 17th century, IIRC, as a way of making it the same colour as the national colour. Or something like that!

    The carrot is a bienniel plant, meaning it flowers only once every two years. If the carrot is not harvested and left in the ground, it will flower & produce seeds in the second year.
     
  4. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Location:
    Rosyth
    I didn't think you were that old Waffles.
     
  5. OP
    OP
    Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Location:
    Nottingham
    Then how do you get more carrots, and why can you buy carrot seeds?
    I was told by a teacher at school that carrots used to be purple untill the Dutch modified them to be orange. Or am i just too gullable?



    Took too long to post
     
  6. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    The orange carrot we eat today is pretty much a man-made development from the wild carrot. Googles...

    Here you go:-

    http://www.carrotmuseum.co.uk/history.html
     
  7. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    LOL... sometimes I feel even older!
     
  8. rob_mcp

    rob_mcp New Member

    Why restrict yourself to carrots - parsnips, swede, beetroot, onion, leek, kohl rabi - just leave them to grow - eventually they flower - all that stuff with bees goes on - the flower becomes a seed pod - and there they are - seeds. The beauty of a good veg is that it doesn't run to seed (bolt) too early - a common problem with beetroot and calabrese - to give time to grow the edible bit before it gets on to flowering
     
  9. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Location:
    Rosyth
    What a load of pish.

    They are orange so that we don't confuse them with parsnips.:blush:
     
  10. OP
    OP
    Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Location:
    Nottingham
    Thanks, that makes sence.
     
  11. PatrickPending

    PatrickPending Veteran

    Location:
    Leicester
    Hi at great risk of being called cyclechat's carrot correspondant (although I m a vegetarian) I'll answer this ....

    carrots do have flowers but they're generally pulled up before they flower, and as for their orange colour we can apparently thank the dutch for this (original carrots being purple) - they bred them to be orange in the 1500s to match the colour or the house of orange (dutch royal family)

    Bet you wish you never asked
     
  12. Lord of the Teapot

    Lord of the Teapot New Member

    * Does an impression of Bugs Bunny eating a carrot and saying "Wots up doc?" *
     
  13. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    I stand corrected! :smile:
     
  14. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Do you type with one finger? :blush:
     
  15. Lord of the Teapot

    Lord of the Teapot New Member

    * Wonders if PatricPending is the Patric who used to or still does, work for Leicestershire County Council? *