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For the past 3 years we have been growing a variety of carrots called, “Rainbow Carrots”, which is a very old heirloom carrot seed variety.  When planted, it grows in a rainbow of colors from white to deep orange.  Each color has its own unique nutritional qualities.  After working with this variety, we thought it would make an excellent snack for children because the colors are very attractive, they are very crunchy, and they have a sweet carrot taste.  Rainbow carrots store extremely well, and we use no artificial preservatives in packaging them. 

Each color has its own unique nutritional qualities; yellow carrots are especially high in lutein - which fights macular degeneration of eyes. All carrots contain carotenes that are converted to Vitamin A in the liver and 1 carrot can supply as much as 140% of the daily Vitamin A requirements. Beta-carotene which is found in the darker orange carrots acts as an antioxidant in the body.

A note from history - Carrots are orange for entirely political reasons. In the 17th century, Dutch growers cultivated orange carrots as a tribute to King William of Orange – who lead the struggle for Dutch independence – and the color stuck. A thousand years of yellow, white and purple carrot history, was wiped out in a generation.

 

 
    In the Spring of 2011 our rainbow carrots   
 were used in the Taste of Nova Scotia Cutting 
 Edge Culinary Competition at the Saltscapes
 Expo. Chef Roland Glauser was the winner
 with his delicious pork dish.