from one generation to the next
Man has cultivated carrots for close to 5000 years. The origin of modern cultivars is believed to be the purple carrot which originated in Central Asia, specifically modern Afghanistan. By the 12th century carrots were being reported in Moorish Spain and from there they spread to the reminder of the west. Orange carrots were unknown until the sixteenth century.
It was 2007 before I encountered a carrot that was not orange. While visiting Rajahstan in 2007, I was served an unctuous sweet spiced halva made with carrots of a deep red hue. Not long after I returned home, purple and yellow carrots began to make an appearance in my local greengrocer. They quickly became the trendy vegetable de jour. Still considered exotic, their jewel box colours make them hard to resist, though I have to say the flavour disappoints if served unembellished.
2 bunches mixed purple, yellow and orange baby carrots
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
Good grinding black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons of pomegranate molasses
Preheat the oven to 180C.
Remove the carrot tops and thoroughly scrub the skins, but do not peel the carrots. Split the larger carrots lengthwise. Toss the carrots in the oil, spice and seasonings, transfer to an oven tray and bake for 45 mins.
Remove the carrots from the oven and allow to cool a little. Drizzle the pomegranate molasses over.
Delicious served on a bed of Spiced Quinoia Salad.
Serves 6 – 8