Carrots - Dutch **Our Farm - Chemical Free!**
Smaller than the loose carrots, dutch carrots are younger and sweeter, making them ideal for dips, juicing, roasting and snacking! They also contain beat-carotene, which helps you see in the dark!
How do we make sure we provide top quality dutch carrots?
Simple - we grow them ourselves! Sam draws on three generations of horticultural experience to grow delicious, sweet and tasty dutch carrots. The guide that we use to harvest our dutch carrots is: (1) the carrot must be firm (no signs of bending or limpness); (2) the carrot must have a turgid surface (no cracks or blemishes); (3) the carrot should be of uniform shape; and (4) the colour should be a dark orange (the darker orange, the more beta-carotene present in the carrot).
Where do we source our dutch carrots from?
Our dutch carrots usually come direct from our farm - planted, cultivated and hand-picked by Sam and the team. When the conditions aren't favourable to growing dutch carrots on our farm (due to seasonality, crop rotation etc), we source dutch carrots from other cool climatic areas that also have rich nutritious soil, such as around Bacchus Marsh and Werribee.
What is the best way to keep dutch carrots?
Dutch carrots store well unwashed in a slightly open plastic bag, in the coldest part of the fridge (the closer to 0°C the better). Alternatively, they also store well in a paper bag placed in a cool dark place. Don't store dutch carrots in the same bag as fruit (especially those that emit ethylene gas such as pears or bananas), as the ethylene gas tends to turn the dutch carrots bitter.
Dutch carrot nutritional information
Carrots are the best vegetable source of beta-carotene, which is necessary for cellular growth. Beta-carotene also helps you see in the dark: it is converted into vitamin A by the liver, and then used by the retina to assist with night vision. Carrots are also a good source of flavonoids, which help fight disease. Carrot tops are edible too, high in vitimans and they are sweet. They are a great addition to green salad, or thrown in a juice!
Dutch carrot serving tips and suggestions
The highest concentration of nutrients are located near the surface of the carrot, our tip is don't peel them if you have the choice! The hard cell walls of raw carrots make the nutrients in the carrot difficult for the body to digest. You can increase nutrient uptake by cooking the carrot until it’s just tender. If you are planning on boiling the carrot, reuse the water as a base for creating stock.