Carrots originated in present day Afghanistan about 5000 years ago, probably originally as a purple or yellow root. Nature then took a hand and produced mutants and natural hybrids, crossing both with cultivated and wild varieties.
Temple drawings from Egypt in 2000 BC show a purple plant, which some Egyptologists believe to be a purple carrot. Egyptian papyruses containing information about treatments with seeds were found in pharaoh crypts, but thee is no direct carrot reference. The Carrot Museum has visited several tomb paintings in the Valleys of Luxor and some images are compelling. It known that ancient Egyptians did use other members of the Apiaceae family (carrot) including anise, celery and coriander
By the 10th century purple carrots were grown in Afghanistan, Pakistan and northern Iran. Purple, white and yellow carrots were imported to southern Europe in the 14th century. Purple carrots were used as a clothing dye for Afghan royalty.
Even before the introduction of domesticated carrots., wild plants were grown in gardens as medicinal plants. Unravelling its progress through the ages is complex and in conclusive

 
 

 

Over the ensuing centuries, orange carrots came to dominate and carrots of other colours were only preserved by growers in remote regions of the world.
The carrot returned to its roots and went on sale in the summer of 2002 in England in its original colour - purple - the first time in five centuries. There is also talk of bringing back black and white varieties together with a rainbow version! 

The findings of the recent Australian study revealed the ancient carrot to be packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory goodness - up tp 28 times more anthocyanins, which are antioxidants that are responsible for the purple-red pigment in raspberries and blueberries, than there are in orange carrots. 

One cannot imagine that the root would have been used at that time, but the seeds are known to be medicinal and it is likely the seeds were merely gathered rather than actually cultivated.

 
 

 Purple carrots display all of the health benefits of the orange carrots we are familiar with including better vision, brighter skin, and are a great source of Vitamin A. The beta-carotenes and phytochemicals in carrots have proven to reduce cancer risks. Phytochemicals that occur in all carrots are chemicals found in plants that have a multitude of positive benefits including anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The beta-carotenes in purple carrots are actually double as compared to what you will find with other carrot varieties.
The Purple carrots have the added benefit of anthocyanins that are naturally bred in purple carrots and are great antioxidants. Antioxidants work to protect the body’s cells from free radicals which are unstable molecules with potentially destructive side effects.The roots of these carrots can also be used to promote health. The roots have been used to treat intestinal parasites, constipation, indigestion and tonsil issues. In ancient times, the purple carrot was used as medicine to treat everything from dog bites to syphilis. Men believed the carrot to be an aphrodisiac and used it to make women more pliable and men more passionate.

 
 

Aureli Mario Co. grows its purple carrots in Italy, transforming them into juices purees or concentrates, as well as dehydrates for several applications:

    • Beverages;
    • Natural colourings;
    • Soups, souces, dips and dressings;
    • Baked food and confectionary;
    • Food for Pet;
    • High vitamins ingredients;

    Our Company is specialized in multi-colours carrots, so we may supply a wide range of colour vegetables. Visit our website www.aurelimario.com for any info or follow us in the most important Food Exhibitions all over the World.