In the Past: The carrot we know is an enlarged tap-root, descendant of a wild plant found in what is now Iran and Afghanistan, and is related to parsley, fennel, dill and cumin. The root of the carrot’s wild ancestor was a dark purple, almost black color.

In the Soil: Carrots grow their taproots underground, showing fine hair-like leaves above ground. In order for them to grow long and straight, they must be planted in loose, deep soil.

In the Kitchen: Carrots come in many different lengths and colors. They can be added to cakes and baked goods, cooked and served on their own, or added to soups, stews, and quiches. Carrot tops are in fact edible, and can be great additions to soups and salads.

In the Body: Carrots are known for their high levels of vitamin A, a key nutrient for healthy eyes. They also offer vitamins C, B6, thiamine, folic acid, and magnesium.

In Connecticut: Carrots are generally available July through November, though storage may increase availability.