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WA Grown Food Kit For Carrots

Carrots are members of the parsley family which also includes celery, parsnips, dill, and fennel. First cultivated in Afghanistan over 2000 years ago, carrot has been in our diet and contributing to our health for long time! The ancient Greeks and Romans used purple and yellow-orange varieties of carrots for medicinal purposes, and in the modern days now, Americans eat an average 10.6 lbs. of fresh carrots apiece yearly. 

Washington ranks first in the nation in production of processing carrots and fourth in the nation in production of fresh carrots, after California, Wisconsin and Michigan.

  • Did you know that a baby carrot isn't exactly a baby? Baby carrots come from a large carrot that has been rolled over blades and thrown around in a metal cage to be rubbed down to a short, round-ended baby carrot.
  • The orange color of carrots is due to the presence of carotenes, which we break down into Vitamin A.

ref: Fruits and Veggies More Matters, and From the Heart of Washington.


Washington Harvest Carrots Poster [FREE download]

WA Harvest Carrots PosterClick to view the full-size PDF. The poster is designed to be printed at either 11" x 17" or 2' x 3'.

Highlight Washington-grown carrots served in your program with this beautiful poster! The poster provides nutrition facts under "THRIVE", agriculture information under "GROW", and tips for preparation, cooking, and fun facts, etc. under "TASTE". 

Special thanks to Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Department of Agriculture for sharing their poster files, from which many of the food facts were adapted, and to Washington Sustainable Food & Farming Network for helping us update and add new facts for Washington State.

School Recipes

  • Carrots with Cheese Sauce
  • Rainbow Salad with Lemon-Honey Dressing
  • Orange-Glazed Carrots
  • Chicken Tetrazzini with Carrots

Child Care Recipes

For Child Care Recipes click here.

Nutrition Facts

Our bodies turn beta-carotene into vitamin A. Vitamin A is important for good health, especially for your eyes. Carrots are one of the best sources of vitamin A. Vitamin A is good for your bones, teeth, vision, and your skin.