The vibrant orange of a carrot brightens salads, side dishes, and even desserts. But the color is more than decoration: it signals that the root contains beta-carotene, which is a building block of vitamin A, essential to maintaining good eyesight, fighting infection, and keeping skin and hair healthy. When buying carrots, look for roots that are firm and free of cracks; if the lacy tops are still attached, choose those that are bright green. Then take advantage of carrots' sweet versatility -- toss them in a tangy slaw, saute them with lentils for a warm salad, coat them with a spicy ginger-chile glaze, and more.
Healthy Carrot Recipes
Martha Stewart Living, November 2000