Did you know that carrots are much sweeter in winter than summer? Colder temperatures encourage carrots to convert their starch stores into sugar so they don’t freeze. It’s like nature’s version of antifreeze, but much tastier.
While you might be accustomed to orange carrots, you can now find purple, white, and yellow varieties at many grocery stores. Purple carrots have both vitamin A and beta-carotene similar to orange carrots, but are also a rich source of antioxidants called anthocyanins, which are known for a variety of health benefits including helping to improve memory.
Serve roasted rainbow carrots alongside a hearty main dish like One-Pot Gardeners Pie or as part of an array of vegetable sides to make a meal.
2 bunches of colorful carrots (about 10)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Garnish: 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, parsley, or chives
Toss whole carrots with olive oil and sea salt and place on a baking sheet in a single layer. Roast at 450 degrees for about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with fresh herbs.
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