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Monday, October 7, 2013

Carrots - they even have their own museum

According to recent news reports, one of the benefits to the recent government shutdown is an increase in attendance at private museums. It is true. I even visited an online museum called the "World of Carrot Museum" that I probably would never have found had the government been open.

When I started to wander around this on-line museum, I became captivated by all the stuff I didn't know about this tuber. For example, I did not know the cultivated carrot started out as PURPLE. Orange came much later, like two hundred years later. It was born in Afghanistan but for some undisclosed reason ran away to the Netherlands where it mutated into orange. The whole event sounded like a love story gone wrong, but the carrot then surpassed all expectations and grew into something rather mighty in the forbidden land of the Flemish.

There are tales of carrots having played instrumental roles during wars. There are even naughty and forbidden displays in art.

Mae West even compared carrots to diamonds, declaring, "The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond."

The museum seems to flaunt carrots as being the most exceptional and special vegetable in the world. In fact, the usual way we see carrots, for their nutritional value, was almost an after thought, nestled in between pages and pages of its prominent role in medicine as well as fashion (dyes).

So, if you are looking for a museum to visit while the government is shutdown, try the Carrot Museum. It may forever change your view of these tubers and their remarkable role they have played in our world.