Baby White Bunched Carrots
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White Carrots are a true Carrot, even though they are often confused with Parsnips. They are, in fact, an ancient Carrot that can trace its lineage back to Persia, Afghanistan and Pakistan. White Carrots are about 8 inches long (203 mm) with tapered, thin, nearly coreless roots. They are white only because they lack any pigmentation.

There are a number of types of Baby Bunched Carrots. The first type is what Smart Kitchen would call “true” Baby Carrots. These are actually full grown specimens of fast-maturing breeds of Carrots that have been bred to have a smaller, tender, taproot. True Baby Carrots are cultivated as specialty produce and do well in shallow root zones and rocky soil. Most have an elongated shape, but some, called Radish-Style Carrots, are rounder and shaped more like a Radish.

The second type of baby carrot, is any type of traditional Carrot that is harvested early, when it is young (or still a baby). These early harvest Carrots are especially tender. 

Finally, there are machine-made baby Carrots, also called “cut baby carrots” or “baby cuts” by the industry. Historically, grocery customers only bought iconic “Bugs Bunny” style orange carrots. Consequently, super market produce buyers only accepted perfect carroty-looking carrots from carrot farmers.

Season

Under the right conditions, Carrots take about 2-4 months to grow, which gardeners and farmers have learned to manipulate to keep the Carrots coming throughout the year. In the strictest, most natural sense, Carrots are known as a Fall Vegetable, though they actually have two recognized Seasons. In addition to the fall they are also a late Spring crop. The excess from one season’s crop goes into cold storage to tide all of us over until the next fresh crop of Carrots is available.

True Baby Carrots varieties can be grown all year using the techniques mentioned above. Early Harvest Baby Carrots are available early in a particular season.  Machine-made Baby Carrots can be cut from whatever full sized Carrots are available.

Availability

Baby White Bunched Carrots are available all year long through a combination of sourcing from different regions of the country and preservation of Carrots in cold storage. Carrots are a Root Vegetable and hold very well in cold storage.

Cultivation

Baby Bunched Carrots grow from seeds and should be planted in the early spring for the late Spring harvest. They are not the fastest growers and take an average of 60 to 75 days to reach full maturity. True Baby Carrots and some small round types (for example Orbit and Thumbelina or Thumbeline) require a little less time, between 50 and 60 days to grow.

Carrots are biennial plants.  This means if you leave them in the ground the first year, they will produce flowers and then seeds the second year.

If you wish to grow Carrots yourself, most types do well in sandy soil and sprout in 10 to 12 days after being sown, preferably about 3/4 of an inch (2 cm) deep.  They grow best in full sun but can tolerate some shade.  To keep from growing oddly shaped Carrots, avoid tight, rocky soil that makes the taproot flex and curve as it grows.  Carrots are also a useful companion plant. They are especially helpful planted near TomatoesAlliums (LeeksShallots and Onions), Beans and Lettuces, and are helped to produce more themselves if grown alongside Alliums, Beans, Rosemary and Sage.

If your soil is rocky or clay-like, you are better off growing small round varieties or true Baby Carrots, which don’t need to reach as deep into the soil with their taproots.  These smaller types of Carrots also can be grown successfully in pots.

Carrot root flies threaten growing Carrots, but cultivating Carrots with fragrant (pungent) OnionsLeeks and/or Chives can help repel the pest. Carrots are known to do well around CarawayCorianderChamomile and Marigold. Flowering Carrot plants are attractive to wasps that may prey on other veggie-chomping garden bugs.

Purchasing

Look for Baby White Bunched Carrots with healthy, shiny skin and few “hairs” growing out of the taproot. If there are hairs, that is a sign of aging, toughening, carrots.

Any Carrot Greens, the clipped top where the greens were attached, should be fresh green. If the greens are turning brown or black that is a bad sign.

Storage

Baby White Bunched Carrots are best stored wrapped in a plastic bag or in your refrigerator’s crisper drawer, which is a good place to store Carrots to keep them away from the Ethylene Gas given off by ripening Fruits. Exposure to the ethylene gas makes Carrots taste bitter. They can also absorb the odors from Apples and Pears.

Carrots will last longer if they are kept fairly dry.  Refrigerated young Carrots have a shelf life of approximately 2 weeks.

Exposure to sunlight, high temperatures or physical damage can cause the Carrot roots to generate alcohol, as well as a bitter defensive chemical, which can add a solvent-like aroma to your dishes.

Removing the Carrot tops before storage increases their shelf life because the greens, as long as they are attached to the Carrot, continue to pull moisture and nutrients out of the taproot.

Pairings

AllspiceAlmondsAniseBaconBasilBay LeafBeef, Brandy, Salted ButterUnsalted ButterYogurtCeleryChervilTarragon, Chile Peppers, Dried Chile Peppers, Red Chile Peppers, Jalapeno, ChivesCilantroCinnamonCloves, Cod, Coriander, Crayfish, CreamHeavy CreamCrème FraicheCumin, Curry, Curry Leaves, DillFennel, Fennel Seeds, Fish, GarlicGingerHazelnutsHoney, Lamb, LeeksLemons, Lemon Juice, Lemon Zest, Limes, Lime Juice, Lime Zest, Lovage, Mace, Maple Syrup, Agave, Syrup, Mint, Spearmint, Peppermint, MirepoixMustardMustard Seeds, Black Mustard Seeds, Nutmeg, OilsPeanut OilMustard OilSesame OilGrapeseed OilVegetable OilOlive OilOnionsScallionsYellow OnionsRed OnionsWhite OnionsShallots, Oranges, Orange Juice, Orange Zest, ParsleyParsnips, Peas, PecansPepperBlack PepperWhite PepperPink PepperPistachiosPotatoes, Raisins, Black Raisins, White Raisins, ChickenBeefPoultryRoasted MeatsRosemary, Rum, SageSaltKosher SaltStocksWhite Chicken StockBrown Chicken StockBeef StockVeal StockSugarBrown SugarRaw SugarGranulated Sugar, Tamarind, Thyme, Turnips, Veal, Vegetables, Root VegetablesGreensVinaigrettesWalnuts, White Wine, Red Wine

Nutritional Value USDA
CARROTS,BABY,RAW
Amount Per 100g
Calories 35
%Daily Value*
 
0%
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 0mg
3%
Sodium 78mg
5%
Potassium 237mg
2%
Total Carbohydrate 8g
8%
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 4g
Protein 0g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Nutrition

Baby White Bunched Carrots lacks the pigment found in other carrot varieties giving it a lower nutritional value, however, it does contain health-promoting phytochemicals: natural bio-active compounds that work with nutrients and Dietary Fiber to protect against disease.

Gluten Free

Yes

Low Fat

Yes

Low Calorie

Yes