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I don't know why but red carrots kept coming to mind today and it's been bugging me as to why they are red in India, and if they get orange carrots or not?  Lol I know of all the things to think about gajaran/carrots come to mind 🤔.  So I did a search on Google,coz it's still bugging me why they don't have orange carrots in India or do they? 

If anybody's wondering the same, here's what I found: (not that anybody will be 😴, but just in case)

https://www.thespruce.com/taste-of-different-color-carrots-2215929

http://www.carrotmuseum.co.uk/carrotcolours.html

 @jkvlondon, @MisterrSingh, @Not2Cool2Argue, @sikhni777, @Jacfsing2, @Preeet, @luckysingh99, @Kira, @harsharan000, @Ranjeet, @dallysingh101, @singh598, @Premi5, @singhbj singh And anybody else that may be know, is this right? 

Which are better for health, orange or red, or what colour?

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Bheinji all colours are available in India.

Red ones are generally used in sabzi, gajrela, pickles 

Orange for salad, rice pulao, chinese cuisine 

Purple for making Kanji

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33 minutes ago, Jacfsing2 said:

Only had orange carrots so can't answer.

Thank you paji, yes I only have orange either, but I wondered why our relatives only have the red ones. Could it be the fertiliser/chemicals they use that they're red or the cost? 

 

34 minutes ago, singhbj singh said:

Bheinji all colours are available in India.

Red ones are generally used in sabzi, gajrela, pickles 

Orange for salad, rice pulao, chinese cuisine 

Purple for making Kanji

Thank you paji, red ones I've only seen when I've been India, used in sabji as you said. Never seen orange, mind you never seen nobody have salad there. 

Purple - what's kanji? 

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19 minutes ago, simran345 said:

Thank you paji, red ones I've only seen when I've been India, used in sabji as you said. Never seen orange, mind you never seen nobody have salad there. 

Purple - what's kanji? 

Colours Of Carrots

http://blogs.economictimes.indiatimes.com/onmyplate/colours-of-carrots/

http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/carrot-kanji-gajar-kanji-recipe/

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I didn't even know red carrots existed?!  lol

 

They do say that bright red food can be particularly good for you because the colour comes from some specific nutrient that is meant to be healthy. 

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20 minutes ago, singhbj singh said:

Thank you for the links. Ok so it's a bit like a smoothie, never heard of a kanji before either 😏

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15 minutes ago, dallysingh101 said:

I didn't even know red carrots existed?!  lol

 

They do say that bright red food can be particularly good for you because the colour comes from some specific nutrient that is meant to be healthy. 

Neither did I, until I went to India. That's what they say about red peppers don't they, it's better for you. 

 

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3 minutes ago, MisterrSingh said:

I ate some purple carrots once in India. I understand there's black carrots in Afghanistan.

Purple, oh ho, it's weird there's different colours that are more popular in other countries. But Asda, Morrisons and Sainsburys, I've only seen orange. 

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iv only ever had the orange ones..great, now I know how to make rainbow Aloo Gajaar di Sabzi.

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My mom was always goin on about america's fake carrots. She would say the real carrots are in India with their beautiful gajari color. She would get mad when we called it red, shesaid it was the gajari ਗਾਜਰੀ rang which has no equivalent.

And thanks @simran345 now I know why carrots in the west are orange. My moms been trying to smuggle over indian carrot seeds, i hope india ppl dont copy the west and lose their own seeds

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On 4/19/2017 at 8:03 PM, simran345 said:

Neither did I, until I went to India. That's what they say about red peppers don't they, it's better for you. 

 

Yeah, that's what they say. In red peppers it's lycopene. I wonder if this what makes the carrots red? I think lycopene is also a big part of tomatoes too?

Some people should be careful with carrots! If you're on a low carb diet, remember that the sugar (i.e carbohydrate) content of gajjurs shoots up significantly when you cook them for ages. So I'd say that quickly steamed carrots or plain raw carrots (they give a great crunch in a salad and you can use them with dips like houmous!) might be the way to go.  

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I have read somewhere that the original colour of carrots was purple and it was bred to be orange much later.

You'd be surprised how many fruits and vegetables looked very different only 100 years ago.

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Isher Kaur is bugging me to buy rainbow carrot seed  the colour ranges from white, yellow, orange, red, purple , kind of strange seeing this topic ... the darker the colour the more beta carotene, so India's carrots are orange in overdrive , the purple ones have anthocyanins like red cabbage and grapes.

take a look 

http://www.suttons.co.uk/Gardening/Vegetable+Seeds/Popular+Vegetable+Seeds/Carrot+Seeds/Carrot+Seeds+-+Rainbow+Mix_157254.htm

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