Carrots, one of the most beloved and most vibrant vegetables, are a kitchen staple. You would be hard pressed to find a child who didn’t eat carrots growing up, whether she liked it or not. Mild and crunchy when raw, carrots turn soft and delicately sweet when roasted or baked. They find their way into both cake and soup, and they make an excellent substitute for pita chips in hummus!
**All About Carrots**
In Season: Carrots
When to Buy: Though carrots are available all year round in grocery stores, they feel just right when the temperature starts to dip.
What to Buy: Choose crisp, firm, small to medium carrots. If you can find them, purple carrots make a festive addition to roasted root vegetables.
Prep & Storage: Remove any greens on the carrots before storing. They can be refrigerated for up to two weeks in the crisper drawer. Before you eat them, wash them in a bowl of cold water and scrub with a vegetable brush if you aren’t peeling them.
How to Cook: One of the best things about carrots is their versatility. They take well to almost any cooking style from boiling to steaming, but my favorite way to eat carrots is sliced in thin coins, coated in hearty glug of olive oil, sprinkled with salt and pepper, and roasted.
Recipe Box: Check out our favorite carrot recipes!
Traditional Italian Caponata
Carrots join a medley of other vegetables to make a healthy and filling one-pot meal.
Pumpkin Soup with Caramelized Bacon
Carrots bring a honeyed sweetness to this spicy autumnal soup.
Mama Lise’s Lentil Soup
Lentil soup gets a bit of textural interest from the addition of carrots.
Roasted Beet and Carrot Panzanella
Carrots star in this tasty iteration of an Italian favorite.
Raw Kale Salad with Cabbage, Carrots, and Onions
Who says salad must be relegated to the warmer months? Up your veg-intake with this crunchy salad.
Glazed Carrots with Cayenne
These sweet and spicy carrots would please children and adults alike.
Hayley Daen is a sophomore at the University of St Andrews, where she lives in a dinky apartment right across from Tesco, which makes throwing impromptu tea parties a snap.