Purple carrots? (The Nutrition Detective).Don't be surprised if you see purple and orange carrots at your grocery store. They're marketed under the name Maroon maroon, term for a fugitive slave in the 17th and 18th cent. in the West Indies and Guiana, or for a descendant of such slaves. They were called marron by the French and cimarrón by the Spanish. Carrots by J&D Produce in south Texas, and they're not a gimmick vegetable. These carrots have more vitamin A vitamin A
also called retinol
Fat-soluble alcohol, most abundant in fatty fish and especially in fish-liver oils. It is not found in plants, but many vegetables and fruits contain beta-carotene (see , more antioxidants Antioxidants
Substances that reduce the damage of the highly reactive free radicals that are the byproducts of the cells.
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n. , and 40 percent more beta-carotene than regular carrots.
A research scientist who was working in the Vegetable Improvement Center at Texas A&M University developed these colorful carrots for the fun of it. Since the school's colors are purple and orange, an obvious next step for this quirky quirk
1. A peculiarity of behavior; an idiosyncrasy: "Every man had his own quirks and twists" Harriet Beecher Stowe.
2. scientist was to see if he could breed purple and orange carrots. After he did, he sold the seeds to J&D.
So if you see multi-colored carrots at your market, try them. With more vitamins than other carrots, it's no surprise that smart carrots began their lives at a university.
"Purple carrots score more nutrition," Functional Foods & Nutraceuticals, March 2002.