…is new again. This year’s seed catalogs have carrots in many colors. Like purple, although it looks rather more violet to me.
The Story of the English Underground, Colonial Edition.Continued.
Before carrots were orange – which is Soooooo Modern – so back in the good old Early Modern days, carrots were violet. Or black. And white. Yellow and even red. Just beginning to be seen in orange. Orange is tres Flemish and Dutch. The Dutch are very fond of Orange. Consider it Princely, even. The English, on the other hand, were fine with things they way they had always been. They were latecomers to the orange bandwagon.
Carrot colors are fashion – and have been for the last 400 years.
“A Carrot Sallad.
Carrots boyled and eaten with Vinegar, Oyle, and Pepper serve for a special good sallad to stirre up appetitie, and to purifie blood.”
- 1617 Wm Vaughn in Dining with William Shakespeare. Madge Lorwin.(1976) p. 299.
Check out the World Carrot Museum. It’s on the blogroll. Totally amazing.