By Joyce Lavene
When I told my husband I was making orange carrots, he said, "Carrots are already orange."
To which I replied, "But they haven't always been!"
Of course I was talking about using orange WITH carrots, but it brought up an interesting discussion.
Carrots have only been orange since the 16th century. Dutch carrot growers cultivated orange carrots in honor of William of Orange. Before that time, carrots were yellow, white, and purple. People decided they liked the orange colored carrots, and they've stayed that color until just recently.
The long orange carrot, as it became known, was first described in the early 1700s, coming from a town called Hoom, in The Netherlands.
But back to carrots with orange sauce.
I like to jazz carrots up once in a while, though I could eat them plain all the time. It's easy to add a sweet glaze to them.
Take one 12 oz. bag of baby carrots, and put them in a pan. I actually make them in a skillet so they cook evenly. Add one cup of orange juice, and orange slices from a fresh orange. You can even use the clean peel for a stronger orange flavor. Let this simmer on low, covered, for about 10 minutes, and then add 1/2 cup brown sugar (or sugar-free brown sugar replacement). Let it simmer another 10 minutes, covered.
Orange carrots! Delicious, and good for you.
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