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What are carrots? About the ingredient carrots. Including 3,764 recipes with carrots, nutrition data, photos, and where to find it.


Carrots can be eaten in lots of ways. Only 3% of the β-carotene in raw carrots is released during digestion. This can be improved to 39% by pulping, cooking and adding cooking oil.

Alternatively they may be chopped and boiled, fried or steamed, and cooked in soups and stews, as well as baby and pet foods. A well known dish is carrots julienne.


Grated carrots are used in carrot cakes , as well as carrot puddings, an old English dish thought to have originated in the early 1800s. The greens are edible as a leaf vegetable, but are rarely eaten by humans. Together with onion and celery, carrots are one of the primary vegetables used in a mirepoix to make various broths.

The carrot gets its characteristic and bright orange colour from β-carotene, which is metabolized into vitamin A in humans when bile salts are present in the intestines. Massive overconsumption of carrots can cause carotenosis, a benign condition in which the skin turns orange. Carrots are also rich in dietary fibre, antioxidants, and minerals.


Lack of Vitamin A can cause poor vision , including night vision, and vision can be restored by adding Vitamin A back into the diet.




Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup chopped (128g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 52Calories from Fat 2
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.3g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 88mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 12.3g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Sugars 6.1
Protein 1.2g
Vitamin A 430% Vitamin C 13%
Calcium 4% Iron 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Carrots are usually found in the produce section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Carrots are a member of the Vegetables and Vegetable Products USDA nutritional food group.

How much do carrots weigh?

measure grams
1 cup chopped 128
1 cup grated 110
1 cup strips or slices 122
1 large (7-1/4" to 8-/1/2" long) 72
1 medium 61
1 small (5-1/2" long) 50
1 slice 3
1 strip large (3" long) 7
1 strip medium 4

In Chinese:红萝卜
British (UK) term: Carrots
en français:carottes
en español:zanahorias

Recipes using carrots

There are 3597 recipes that contain this ingredient.

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All American Pot Roast
All-American Cole Slaw
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Always Loved Vegetarian Chili

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