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Carrots are a kid favourite, and a great place to start with fussier kids! They are cheap, sweet and available almost year-round. They can be eaten raw or cooked in many forms, and work in most dishes, from being grated into sandwiches or chopped and served with dips, to roasted or boiled as a side, and sliced or diced and cooked into stews, curries, sauces, soups and more.
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Understanding Veg

Carrots are purple or white root vegetables which come from Afghanistan. What?! Well, they were! Then a few hundred years ago, clever farmers in the Netherlands bred orange ones to honour the House of Orange, the Dutch Royal Family. During the Second World War, British gunners were shooting down German planes at night, and to cover up the use of their secret radar technology the RAF circulated a story about their pilots eating loads of carrots. So unfortunately carrots aren’t the magic answer to having night vision, but eating them will help to keep your eyes healthy thanks to their beta-carotene content.



Carrots are high in beta-carotene, this is the pigment that gives them the strong orange colour. Enzymes in the body convert beta-carotene into retinol, a form of vitamin A that is essential for eye health.


Shopping Guide

You want a strong orange colour but look out for brown spots on the carrots.



To store bagged whole carrots, keep in the bag in the fridge for over a week. For bunched carrots, make sure you remove the green tops before storing in the fridge.


Serving Suggestions

Carrots are great on their own raw or when roasted, boiled, steamed or stir fired. Try adding a couple to mashed potato for extra flavour and colour or grate them into soups and salads. 

WATCH: Tom Hunt’s guide to preparing carrots

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Here are some of our favourite ways to engage kids with carrots:


Your Food

Find your go-to meals in our family favourites section and see what veggies work best with them.

We’ve gathered together 15 of the nation’s favourite meals and given you step-by-step ways to make small improvements, helping you to make healthier dinners the easy way, and even showing you which veg work best with which recipes.
Find out how to add more veg to your suppers here.
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If You Like Carrots…Try

Does your child enjoy carrots? That’s great! Carrots are sweet and crunchy (raw – or soft when cooked), so why not try a similar texture and/or taste…



The moments before food is offered can be a perfect opportunity for engagement that can help make it more likely a child will eat it!

The first thing to do is remove the pressure. If the veg doesn’t get eaten, it’s not the end of the world. There will be other days, other dinners, other chances. Fun is key here – try not to worry about mess, perfect table manners, or playing with food. Instead, focus on making the process of getting the food to the plates, readying the table, and the actual eating relaxed.

The best principles for success here are the Three Rs (role modelling, rewarding, re-offering) which you can read about here.

But there is one more way you can serve for success, and that is giving your child a role. You don’t have to do this every time, just encourage them in their strengths through it when you can.

Here are some of our favourite ideas:

Design a menu

Come up with a silly name or story for a dish

Help with making a meal plan and choosing veg for dinners or snacks

Help to serve up the meal on dishes, lay the table or create a centrepiece to be involved in the physical ‘serving up’ process

The Wonderful World of Veg

Check out our vegepedia. When to buy in-season. How to store them to keep for longer. How to engage children with each veg, and simple ideas of how to prepare and cook them for maximum taste and minimum waste. Select a veg…

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