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Sugar carrot, a delicious, unjustly forgotten vegetable

  1. Sugar carrot is one of the forgotten vegetables. Until the 18th century it was eaten regularly; it was once a popular vegetable that also served as a sweetener in baked goods such as cakes and pies. Nowadays this vegetable has been forgotten by supermarket buyers, but it is relatively easy to grow this perennial plant in a vegetable garden.

What is sugar carrot?

  1. Sugar carrot is a food crop and tastes very sweet; the taste is a combination of parsnip, sweet potato

History of sugar carrot

  1. The sugar carrot is native to China and grew throughout the region between the Caucasus and Siberia. At least that's what science now states; some say the carrot came only from China. The fact is that traditionally sugar carrot has been picked as a wild vegetable in Russia; it must therefore also occur there in the wild. Sugar root is a root vegetable that can reach a height of one and a half meters. The ancient Romans knew sugar root for it was mentioned by Pliny the elder: the Roman emperor Tiberius had it included in the imperial kitchen; he liked the taste very much. The picten, a Scottish people during the Romans and the Middle Ages, also ate sugar root. It is not known what happened to sugar carrot in the Netherlands between Roman times and the Middle Ages; you can assume that he became increasingly sporadic. In any case, it is certain that sugar root was reintroduced to Europe in 1546. Sugar was an expensive luxury at the time. From the 18th century there was a change in the history of sugar as a luxury article; a lot of cane sugar was planted and industrial processing methods made sugar increasingly cheaper. Sugar root became less important as a sweetener. Also potato

Sugar carrot naming

  1. Another name for sugar carrot is gilded carrot or skirret. The official Latin name is sium sisarum

Medicinal effect of sugar carrot

  1. In the past, medicinal effects were attributed to vegetables. Because sugar carrot was eaten very little, it is not known whether these effects are actually correct. What we do know is that sugar carrot contains a lot of saccharose and that it contains vitamin C and other vitamins. According to Nicholas Culpeper, an English physician from the 17th century, sugar carrot is like parsnip and common carrot

Tips for eating sugar carrot

  1. Sugar carrots can be eaten raw, but you can also cook, deep-fry or fry them. It is also nice to make a puree from sugar carrot. Mashed sugar carrot can serve as the basis for a sweet soup. If you put sugar carrot through pie dough or cake flour, it is a sugar substitute; you then need less sugar. It is an ideal carrot for baking cookies yourself with less or no sugar. Sugar carrot can be added grated to a salad or even stir-fry mix. Furthermore, the sugar root can be roasted. The young leaves are perfectly edible in spring; these have a nice taste. You could use them as alternative salad leaves for an original salad

Grow sugar carrot yourself

  1. Sugar carrot is rarely in the shops; you will have to grow it yourself if you want to eat it. Seeds are available over the internet and inexpensive. You already have 30 seeds for a few euros, say the price of a cauliflower. You can sow it from September to November or in the spring. Sugar carrot needs fertilized soil. Sugar roots grow with multiple roots on the plant. You can harvest them and put a few smaller roots back in the ground; the plant then continues to grow. Sugar root is a perennial plant. It is a relatively easy plant in the vegetable garden; you can decide for yourself when to harvest it. Two plants contain enough roots for a meal of four people. The sugar root can be harvested from 13 months after sowing. The plant grows to a height of one and a half meters.

  2. Sugar carrot is rarely in the shops; you will have to grow it yourself if you want to eat it. Seeds are available over the internet and inexpensive. You already have 30 seeds for a few euros, say the price of a cauliflower. You can sow it from September to November or in the spring. Sugar carrot needs fertilized soil. Sugar roots grow with multiple roots on the plant. You can harvest them and put a few smaller roots back in the ground; the plant then continues to grow. Sugar root is a perennial plant. It is a relatively easy plant in the vegetable garden; you can decide for yourself when to harvest it. Two plants contain enough roots for a meal of four people. From 13 months after sowing, the



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