Did you know? Carrots used to be purple

Carrots actually used to be purple up until around the 17th century when they were bred to become orange. Apparently people don't trust purple as much as orange.

It's said that Dutch growers from around the 17th century took the "mutant" yellow and white carrots and slowly started developing them into the orange colour we have now.

The pigment anthocyanin is what have the carrots their purple colours, but in orange carrots something called beta-carotene gives them their colours.


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