Q&A

DEAR NEW FARM:

I'm a high school student, and we are writing an encyclopedia of our “burning questions” and their answers. My burning question is this: I have heard that carrots were not always orange and that this change came about in the 16th century. So what color were they?

Thanks in advance for your help,
Alison Robostello
Pennsylvania

 

DEAR ALISON:

The first carrots were white, yellow and purple. Carrots (Daucus carota) originated about three thousand years ago in what is now known as Afghanistan. The Dutch developed orange carrots in the 1600s (17th century) and modern-day carrots (Bugsus Bunnyus...just kidding) are descendants of these.

NF

 

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