Ten Things You May Not Know About Carrots.
1. The carrot is the second most popular vegetable in the world (after the potato, duh).
2. The carrot is the most popular vegetable in England (probably thanks to carrot pudding, a popular Welsh dish).
3. The carrot is a member of the parsley family.
4. The longest carrot ever grown, in 1996, was 16 feet 10.5 inches.
5. Sliced carrots may help physicists unlock the secrets of the universe.
6. Holtville, California, claims to be the "Carrot Capital of the World."
7. Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, did not like carrots.
8. The heaviest carrot ever grown, by mechanical designer John V.R. Evans in 1998, was 18.985 pounds.
9. In the late 19th Century, men in Teheran at carrots stewed in sugar to increase the quality and quantity of their sperm.
10. Carrots, unlike most other vegetables, are more nutritious cooked than uncooked. That's because cooking breaks down cellulose-heavy cell walls, freeing up nutrients within.
(Photo: USDA Agricultural Research Service)
(Hat tip: GrrlScientist)
Posted by Virginia Hughes at 11:35 PM