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Carrots grow underground, and they are mainly known for their high vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene) content.

That said, it’s essential to eat them with a source of fat if you want to absorb this (fat-soluble) vitamin.

For instance, we can only digest 3% of the vitamin in raw carrots. This figure rises to 39% in carrots cooked with fat.

Here are the nutrition values in full;

  • Calories: 41 kcal
  • Carbohydrate: 9.6 g
  • Fiber: 2.8 g
  • Sugar: 4.7 g
  • Fat: 0.2 g
  • Protein: 0.9 g
  • Vitamin A: 334% RDA
  • Vitamin K1: 16% RDA
  • Vitamin C: 10% RDA
  • Potassium: 9% RDA
  • Vitamin B6: 7% RDA
Key Point: Carrots are a root vegetable that supply a decent source of beta-carotenoids.
Recipe: Carrot and Cheese ring
Put (carrots, butter, 1 tbsp sugar, cup water, chicken stock cube, 1/2 tsp salt) into a pan and cook until carrots are tender and water absorbed.
Mash carrots. Beat in 2 eggs and 1 cup grated cheese. 
Put in ring and bake for 45mins. Turn onto a plate and serve with cooked peas in the middle. Not only does it taste good but makes an impressive display.