Good quality carrots should be firm with a smooth exterior. Color should be vibrant orange to red-orange. Whole baby carrots are pre-washed and ready-to-serve.
Peak Growing Season
Carrots are grown all year in California; however, the peak season is June, July, and October through December.
Carrots are ideal in sack lunches, on trays, or in salad bars. They are great for dipping in sauces such as ranch dressing or hummus.
For best quality, store carrots at 32–34 degrees Fahrenheit with a relative humidity of 90–95 percent. Store carrots away from ethylene-producing fruits (apples, avocados, and bananas) which may cause carrots to develop a bitter flavor.
Best If Used By
Unopened packages can last from ten to twelve days if the humidity is kept high. Opened packages should be used within two to three days.
A two ounce serving of whole baby carrots provides:
|Saturated Fat||0.013 g|
|Vitamin C||1.5 mg|
|Vitamin A||391 RE|
|Dietary Fiber||1.6 g|
A three ounce serving of whole baby carrots provides:
|Saturated Fat||0.020 g|
|Vitamin C||2.2 mg|
|Vitamin A||586 RE|
|Dietary Fiber||2.5 g|
Sources of Information
Produce Marketing Association [http://www.pma.com/]
Produce Oasis [http://www.produceoasis.com]
U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Library [http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/list/]