Kate reminded me of an issue that’s interested me for a while now and deserves more attention. Baby carrots vs adult carrots.
Adult Carrots at Seward Coop
I also didn’t peel my carrots, and I’ve demanded baby carrots never enter my house again. You know they aren’t actually mini carrots right? They are just carrots widdled down into nubs. And guess where those yummy nutrients are? Right underneath the skin. If you’re concerned about it being dirty, I think that thing by the window is called a sink. Carrots unpeeled are no dirtier than a potato with it’s skin on. Please tell me you eat the skin of your potatoes.
So true, Kate.
Few have gone further down the road of adult vs baby carrots (that should really be “carrots vs. shaved down carrots) than Rocco at Jackalope Ranch, who addressed this in multiple posts in 2003, starting with a story at Powderhorn Park:
A couple weeks ago I went to the Powderhorn Park May Day Parade. And what I remember from that day wasn’t the crazy bikes, but that my new friend Gabe was eating a carrot old-school style. And I mean Oooooold school. Forget that Baby Carrot Fad that defined the 90s or the 80s peel-your-carrots-first rage that swept the country. Gabe was eating an old-fashioned whole, unpeeled, but washed carrot. Retro cool.
Rocco, being an adventurous eater, tried eating a carrot “old-school style”:
So today, for the first time in years, I ate a whole, unpeeled carrot at lunch, rather than my usual 12 baby carrots. It ruled! Whole carrots dominate big time over baby carrots. What the hell have I been thinking all these years??? Everyone needs to jump Gabe’s Whole Carrot Bandwagon!!!!
If you’ve been living in a sheltered baby carrot world, I recommend stopping by your local coop to buy some fresh carrots to try. You may find one subtle difference between them and baby carrots: They have flavor (like carrots).