- Carrots are among the top-ten most economically important vegetable crops in the world,
in terms of both area of production and market value. In 2005,
world production approached 24 Mt on 1.1 million hectares. The total global market
value of the more widely traded carrot seed crop has been estimated to be in the
range of $100 million
- The carrot is a member of the parsley family which includes about 2,500 species such as dill, caraway, cumin, chervil, coriander, fennel, anise, parsley, parsnip, and celery. Carrots contain no less than 89 percent water.
- Carrots, or "skirrets," were originally
purple, white and yellow. The orange
carrot was developed in Holland as a
tribute to William I of Orange during the
Dutch fight for independence from Spain
in the 16th century.
- California ranks first in the United States in the production of carrots producing about 70,000 acres of carrots annually. Baby-cut carrots
account for 70 percent of the
- Among winter vegetables, carrot has the most vitamin A as beta carotene (3 230 ug) followed by tomato (708 ug) per capita.
Top 5 facts sources: Various including: Handbook of Plant Breeding, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations.