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Little carrot History
carrot (daucus carota) gets its name from
the French word carotte, which in turn
comes from the Latin carota. It has been
known since ancient times and is believed to have
originated in Afghanistan and adjacent areas.
common carrot is called the Mediterranean type,
because it has long been known in Mediterranean
countries and was probably developed there from
kinds carried from Asia Minor. In the Far East
is still another form, the Japanese carrot, that
is commonly three feet long or more.
carrot was certainly cultivated in the Mediterranean
area before the Christian Era, but it was not
important as a food until much later. By the Thirteenth
century carrots were being grown in Germany and
France. At that time the plant was known also
in China, where it was supposed to have come from
Persia. In England, around 1600, carrots were
common enough to be grown as a farm crop as well
as in small garden plots.
voyagers carried the carrot to America soon after
discovery of the New World. It was grown by the
struggling colonists at Jamestown, Virginia, in
1609. Twenty years later the Pilgrims, or those
who followed them closely, were growing it in