THE DISH ON EATING LOCAL CARROTS
3 ways you can enjoy discovering local carrots in your area!
1. Find Carrots at your Local Market
Not only is eating local carrots good for you, they are also good for the environment and the local economy! According to Local First Arizona Foundation, “for every $10 spent, $8-$9 can be retained by the business.”
By shopping and sourcing local produce, you help contribute to a more sustainable environment and economy for Arizona! You can find Carrots all across Arizona. Click here to find a local market near you!
2. Eat Carrots at your Local Restaurant
Many local restaurants endorse sourcing out some of the best ingredients, but do they use local ingredients? Here is one such restaurant we have discovered that uses local carrots in this wonderful dish by Chef Brian Smith called Barbequed Baby Carrots with Buttermilk Green Goddess Dressing and Candied Pecans. Below is the information to find out more on this location and restaurant.
Maynards Market & Kitchen
Instantly transporting yet comfortably familiar, Maynards Kitchen offers an authentic dining experience using local ingredients in an inventive way. With a modern take on traditional techniques this restaurant, described by the New York Times as “dark and handsome”, masterfully creates seasonal dishes in an evocative and elegant atmosphere that is uniquely Maynards.
Location: 400 N Toole Ave A, Tucson, AZ 85701
To find more local restaurants sourcing local ingredients click here!
Recipes change all the time and viewers should check with all restaurants to find out what’s on the menu currently.
3. Learn a Recipe to Make it Yourself
Want to discover how to make this local carrots dish? Watch the video on just how easy it is to bring Farm to your table.
Chef Brian Smith's Barbequed Baby Carrots with Buttermilk Green Goddess Dressing and Candied Pecans
Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes
- 1 pound baby carrots from local farmers market
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons BBQ rub
- 1 cup buttermilk green goddess dressing
- 1 cup candied pecans
- Preheat grill to medium.
- Clean, wash, and peel carrots.
- Place in bowl, toss in oil.
- Add BBQ rub, toss to incorporate.
- Grill carrots until fully cooked or easily forked.
- Place on platter, drizzle with dressing, top with candied pecans.
- Serve hot.
For the BBQ rub:
- ¼ cup chile powder
- ¼ cup paprika
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- Combine BBQ rub ingredients, mix, set aside.
For the buttermilk green goddess dressing:
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup buttermilk
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
- 1/4 cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 anchovy fillets packed in oil (drained, chopped)
- 1 garlic clove chopped until smooth
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Combine ingredients for buttermilk green goddess dressing, blend until smooth.
- Refrigerate until ready to use.
WHAT’S UP, DOC?
Want to know more about local carrots?
Bugs Bunny may have been onto something. Carrots are incredibly good for you – a single, medium-sized carrot is an excellent source of vitamin A, providing more than 200% your daily requirement. It’s the beta-carotene in carrots, which gives them their bright orange color, that metabolizes into such big quantities of vitamin A. The health benefits of carrots include reduced cholesterol, lower risk of heart attacks, prevention of certain cancers, improved vision (not necessarily night vision), and reduced signs of premature aging. Furthermore, carrots have the ability to improve the skin, boost the immune system, improve digestion, protect cardiovascular health, detoxify the body, and boost oral health in a variety of ways. They also provide a well-rounded influx of vitamins and minerals and are a good source of fiber.
While vitamin A is important for your overall health, it’s a myth that carrots actually improve your night vision. This was propaganda started by the Royal Air Force during World War II to explain why their pilots were so successful on their night missions, when in reality it was to hide the truth about their advances in radar technology and the use of red lights on their instrument panels. Britain pushed their propaganda through their Dig for Victory campaign, encouraging citizens to grow, store, and use carrots. This campaign led people around Britain and eventually the world to believe that carrots would help them see better at night. By 1942, there was a 100,000-ton surplus of carrots from the extra production. That’s a lot of leftovers!
The first cultivated carrots were grown over 5000 years ago in ancient empires located where Iran and Afghanistan are today. The carrot as we now know it was cultivated by Dutch growers in the 16th century who took mutant strains of purple carrots and cross-bred them to be orange as a tribute to the Order of the House of Orange. European settlers brought the carrot to Colonial America in the 17th century.
Besides orange, carrots also come in purple, white, red, and yellow varieties. Some of the names of the more than 100 varieties include Long Oranges, Earl Short Horns, Jaune Obtuse du Doubs, Danvers, Imperators, Paris Markets, Berlicums, Crème de Lite, Sirkana, Top Cut, Red Core Chantenay, and Little Finger.
After potatoes, carrots are generally considered to be the second most popular vegetable. Carrots also are second when it comes to vegetables with the most sugar, just behind beets. Carrots are delicious eaten raw, cooked, or made into juice. Cooked carrots actually provide more beta-carotene than raw carrots – they release only about 3% of the beta-carotene when eaten raw but closer to 40% when cooked. Carrots are great in salads, soups, roasted, braised, grilled, baked – they’re incredibly versatile.
When you eat a carrot raw, it helps clean your teeth and mouth. It scrapes off plaque and food particles just like a toothbrush and toothpaste. Carrots stimulate the gums and trigger a lot of saliva, which, being alkaline, balances out the acid-forming, cavity-forming bacteria. The minerals in carrots prevent tooth damage.
Rabbits love to eat carrots, but they shouldn’t eat too many. A rabbit eating a single carrot is like a human eating over 20. Carrots are good for rabbit teeth and don’t have artificial sugar, but even too many natural sugars can cause digestive problems and diabetes. Sorry, Bugs!
Carrots grow in Arizona throughout the year, but they thrive in cool weather, which is why the fall, winter, and spring are the best times to find them locally grown. You can buy carrots with or without their tops but be aware – the tops actually suck moisture out of the root. The longer you leave them on, the drier and crisper your carrots will become.
Buying local carrots are beneficial to the local economy, good for the environment, and support a healthy lifestyle. When we purchase carrots from a local market or farmers market, we make an active choice to know exactly where our food is coming from. With all the farmers right here in the state of Arizona, we can be assured that your produce is being taken care of from the seed to the market stand.