The carrot (Daucus carota subsp. sativus) is a root vegetable, generally orange or white, or pink in color, with a crunchy texture when fresh. The appropriate for eating part of a carrot is a taproot. It is a cultivated form of the wild carrot Daucus carota, national to Europe and southwestern
It is a biennial plant which grows a rosette of leaves in the spring and summer, at the same time as building up the fat taproot, which stores big amounts of sugars for the plant to flower in the second year. The peak stem grows to about 1 m tall, with an umbel of white flowers.
Carrots can be eaten raw, complete, chopped, grate, or added to salads for color or texture. They are also time and again chopped and boiled, fried or steamed, and cooked in soups and stews, as well as fine baby foods and choose pet foods. A well known dish is carrots julienne. Grated carrots are used in carrot cakes, as healthy as carrot puddings, an old English dish thought to have originated in the early 1800s.