Catalogue: Carrots

Purple Haze

Organic Purple Haze Carrots Origin:  Hybrid purple carrot - a return to the distant past when wild carrots were naturally purple.

Description:  A beautiful purple skinned carrot with an orange-yellow core.  The roots are long (25-30 cm or 10-12") and slender with a graceful taper.

Culinary Characteristics:  Excellent for salads and gourmet dishes, lovely sweet taste especially when raw.  Lightly stir-fry or roast to retain a deeper purple colour, the colour will bleed if boiled.

Purple carrots contain anthocyanins which are powerful anti-oxidants that protect key cell components.  They neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals which disrupt the structure of other molecules leading to cellular damage, ageing, and various health problems.  Anti-inflammatory properties of anthocyanins have also been observed; they neutralize enzymes that destroy connective tissue and they repair damaged proteins in blood vessel walls.  Finally, anthocyanins may prevent heart disease by slowing blood clotting and inhibiting the absorption of LDL, the bad cholesterol.

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