[Sca-cooks] Looking for references to orange carrots
johnnae at mac.com
Sun Feb 28 15:31:47 PST 2010
Could you please tell us the source for this National Geographic
statement? Which book or issue/year does it appear?
National Geographic is not perfect in food history by any means. I am
sure we'd be interested in knowing what they are using.
On Feb 27, 2010, at 9:13 PM, Honour Horne-Jaruk wrote:
> According to the _National Geographic_, modern bright-orange
> sweet carrots occurred as a true mutation discovered in an English
> field in the mid 1700s. Because they were so startlingly sweet, they
> spread like wildfire and caused the extinction of hundreds of other
> carrot varieties, including the earlier 'rusty' orange carrots,
> which-- like most carrots in the middle ages-- weren't at all sweet.
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