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Carrots

Carrot and apple soup

Spicy carrot dip

Carrot and potato bake

Cauliflower

Celery and Celeriac

Courgettes

Leeks

Potatoes

Rhubarb

Spinach etc.

Carrots

carrotsCarrots store well, so are a vegetable that you can enjoy for most of the year. In the winter you will be using main crop carrots that are not in their first flush of youth, but they still have lots of flavour and are packed with vitamins.
If you grow your own you will probably have lifted your carrots in the autumn and stored them in a frost-free shed in sand. In areas where you don’t expect the ground to be frozen for long periods you can leave carrots in the ground over winter, though they will be vulnerable to predation by mice, voles and slugs. As the days lengthen they will start to grow little hairy roots from their sides, in preparation for sending up a flower stalk, so this is the time to lift and use them all before they develop a hard core.
If you are buying carrots, try to find “dirty” carrots, those that have earth on them. Not only does this show that they have been grown in real soil not in a high tech growing medium, but it also preserves their flavour and texture much better. Washed carrots rapidly start to rot once removed from their plastic bag, whereas you can keep dirty carrots for weeks in a cool cupboard.
Once carrots have been out of the ground for more than a few days their skins start to harden and thicken so they will need to be peeled before you use them. A potato peeler is the quickest and easiest tool for this though a sharp, thin-bladed knife will do well.

Winter recipes

Carrot and apple soup

Spicy carrot dip

Carrot and potato bake

 
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