A fistful of carrots brings out the childlike delight in everyone! And now a grower can choose from a resurgence of wonderful colors and flavors to spark that imagination. The most common present day varieties, sweet orange rooted carrots, probably originated in Afghanistan at least 2000 years ago. They were likely purple and yellow with a spiciness that lingers in modern varieties to this day, if you close your eyes and pay attention. Carrots store well in the ground under a thick layer of mulch or, alternatively, in damp sand placed in a cool environment that does not freeze. Nutrients: vitamins A, C, D, E, K, B1 and B6, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous.