Ask any passerby on the street, people, children, and, probably, of our grandparents, and what color the carrot? And they did not hesitate to answer in one voice, which, of course, orange, well, at best yellow. Children may say that carrot color, but not purple or even some. And what is more, you wonder? After all we had since childhood, mother and grandmother diligently watered terribly useful, though not always popular with us, carrot juice, and as you remember, it does not look like ink.
A generations of people are convinced that the carrot is just orange, but original color of this vegetable is purple. Color is due to beta carotene of carrots with some extra addition of alpha carotene pigment. They also contain anthocyanin (purple pigment ), which acts as an antioxidant.
Indeed, not many of us know that the ancestor of modern carrots, without which no cost is now no hostess, was purple. Yes, it is purple, because in fact it is its original color.
The drawings made 2000 years BC in the Egyptian temple, shows purple carrots. In the tenth century purple carrots were grown in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and northern Iran. In the fourteenth century in southern Europe were imported raspberry, white and yellow varieties. Grown as red, black and green carrot.
Dutch growers have recently learned useful properties of purple carrots. They believe that the purple vegetable provides the body with additional protection against cancer and heart disease. ---