18 Apr '12, 4pm

Why Carrots are Orange (And 5 Non-Orange Carrots to Grow in Your Garden)

Why Carrots are Orange (And 5 Non-Orange Carrots to Grow in Your Garden)

I've read in several garden books about how carrots weren't originally orange. The first carrots cultivated were purple, yellow, or white. Orange came much later. But how, and why? None of the books I read ever managed to answer that question. Finally, an answer, thanks to Jamie and Adam (of Mythbusters fame) and their Tested blog : "Carrots are orange because oranges are orange." Uh. Okay. There's more to the story than that, though, right? "A town in Southern France, Arausio, founded by the Romans in 35 BC, was classically pronounced "Aurenja." Predictably, that became "orange" once the French conflated naranj with or. When a man named William the Silent from Nassau inherited the rule in Orange in 1544, he became William of Orange. He led the Dutch in Revolt against the Spanish in the late 1500s, and they eventually won their independence in the form of the Dutch Republi...

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