[Sca-cooks] Looking for references to orange carrots

Johnna Holloway 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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