Ingredient Name:  Carrots
 
Traditional Chinese Name:  胡蘿蔔 (hú luóbo)
 
What is this?
  • Carrots are a very popular root vegetable and need no introduction
  • They may eaten raw (hard and crunchy) or cooked (soft and mushy)
  • Carrots are typically used when making any stock soup

How do I prepare it?

  • Wash carrots with cool water, peel the skin, remove the leafy green top, and cut into large pieces for soups

Where can I buy this?

  • You can buy from any supermarket. 
  • Baby carrots (which are actually normal carrots cut into identical cylindrical pieces as a popular healthy snack) may even be purchase at local convenience stores

What is the cost?

  • Carrots are very affordable and cost about the same as other root vegetables (like potatoes)

Any benefits?

  • Carrots are rich in dietary fibre, antioxidants, and minerals
  • They get their bright orange colour from β-carotene (betacarotene), which is metabolised into vitamin A when consumed
  • Carrots are thought to be helpful in treating digestive problems, intestinal parasites, and tonsillitis or constipation

Any precautions?

  • Eating too many carrots may turn your skin an orangey-yellow color, a condition known as hypercarotenemia

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