09 Mar2009

Carrot, Anyone?

by Marketman


I was picking out some carrots from a huge pile at my vegetable suki at the FTI market last Saturday… some were big and fat, others long and skinny and yet others smaller in size. I like to get a variety of sizes because different recipes require different amounts of carrots, and I don’t like to leave half a carrot in the fridge. To me, a pile with this kind of variety and range of produce speaks of two things, that these are probably sourced directly from a grower and little handling and sorting has occurred (don’t you think it almost bizarre how uniform some fruits and veggies are in Western groceries?), but it does also mean that our produce is incredibly variable and perhaps more natural than in highly controlled agricultural settings. But the quirks of nature can also be really amusing, hence this post on my obscene vegetable find of the weekend. The “gonads” are out of proportion, but one does accurately hang lower than the other. And well, there are some hairy roots even! Hahahaha! I hope this brought a smirk to your face this Monday morning, the start of another work week…


I have done at least one such post before, a prickly pineapple as it were. And please, have a sense of humor, and some imagination, and don’t send any overly puritanistic emails or comments my way today… after all, it is JUST a carrot. :)



  1. panache says:

    It made me holler at 5 a.m. while taking my morning coffee, thanks MM :)

    Mar 9, 2009 | 6:04 am


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  3. Marlon says:

    that’s quite an odd looking carrot.

    Mar 9, 2009 | 6:44 am

  4. shalimar says:

    ha ha ha hello from Athens….

    Mar 9, 2009 | 7:04 am

  5. consol says:

    Ehh! What’s up, Doc? (crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch)

    You naughty, naughty Marketman, you!! (Marketman makes like Bond, James Bond, as he adroitly and nonchalantly dodges a flurry of carrots thrown his way by the outraged Guardians of Public Morality who are absolutely positively shocked by his prurient post on this priapic root.) Now you’ve made me look at carrots in a different light! hahaha

    I SO love carrots! I love carrot-mango juice, and carrot cake. I munch on them raw, as Bugs does. I like the long thin ones and the small ones better, they taste sweet. When cooking and i chop carrots, almost always just half make it to the pan. My son peeks into the kitchen, darts in and grabs a handful of the carrots haha he got that trait from me, his carrot-lovin’ momma.

    Have a great week dear MM! I started mine with a smile because of you.

    Mar 9, 2009 | 7:21 am

  6. Quillene says:

    Thanks for a great Monday morning chuckle, MM!

    Mar 9, 2009 | 7:36 am

  7. bearhug0127 says:

    LOL!!! What a way to start the week!!

    Mar 9, 2009 | 7:53 am

  8. home economist lee says:


    Mar 9, 2009 | 8:02 am

  9. Lee says:


    Mar 9, 2009 | 8:06 am

  10. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    HAHAHAHA!!!! I almost choked on my ensaimada!

    The western vegetable purveyors sort the carrots by size and process those that dont meet the cut into pre-cut (slice, chop, shreded, etc.) produce.

    Mar 9, 2009 | 8:12 am

  11. millet says:

    hahaha..this beats the pineapple!

    Mar 9, 2009 | 8:28 am

  12. Jaja says:

    hahahahah=)) thanks for sharing this MM. A good laugh is a nice way to start my toxic week=)

    Mar 9, 2009 | 8:37 am

  13. kiko says:

    Pwedeng “squid gutter” ‘to… use it to turn the squid body inside out… meron ng naturally grown handles…;)

    Mar 9, 2009 | 8:47 am

  14. jun says:

    I always start my day with a fresh carrot on my juicer and sometimes I mix them with apple or beetroot. Promise It keeps you healthy !!!!

    Mar 9, 2009 | 9:21 am

  15. kate says:

    you are too funny, MM :) thanks for making me smile today!

    Mar 9, 2009 | 9:30 am

  16. Lei says:

    hahahahah!!! this picture could actually win an award hahahhaha!!! happy monday!!!

    Mar 9, 2009 | 9:30 am

  17. tna says:

    Good thing I’m not in the middle of swallowing my coffee or it would’ve gone out through my nose :) And a good monday morning to you!

    Mar 9, 2009 | 9:40 am

  18. beth says:

    Ha!Ha!Ha!You’re funny MM!

    Mar 9, 2009 | 10:10 am

  19. betty q. says:

    Mother Nature sure has a sense of humour as well!!!!

    Jun: I made the Bacolod Lumpia using the thin Vietnamese wrapper and it worked wonderfully!…much better than the frozen Pinoy wrapper if I may say so! In fact, hindi pinansin ng mga bata the ones wrapped in the Pinoy balat ng lumpia.

    Mar 9, 2009 | 10:11 am

  20. Mila says:

    Suffering from a bad allergy attack this Monday morning, turning on my computer, reading through bad financial news, then switching into blog surfing mode and coming across a… carrot?! Yowza.

    Mar 9, 2009 | 11:20 am

  21. ragamuffin girl says:

    smirk, smirk

    Mar 9, 2009 | 11:26 am

  22. myra_p says:

    triple smirk :P No ruler to show size reference?

    Mar 9, 2009 | 11:46 am

  23. jun says:

    Hi Betty Q, Thanks will try it out here although I can’t find ubod here might use ubad or bamboo shoot instead. Although this week I’m travelling but I’ll definitely try it sa weekend when I comes back from working….hayyy why can’t I just stop working and just do cooking and eating like you and MM…hehehe…

    Only Now I realise what the 1st carrot picture signifies :).

    Mar 9, 2009 | 11:49 am

  24. Tricia says:

    hahaha!!! this is a unique carrot! more rare than a “twin” banana

    Mar 9, 2009 | 12:00 pm

  25. kulasa says:

    He he he. As my neighbor would say… Ay Kerots

    Mar 9, 2009 | 12:43 pm

  26. Marketman says:

    myrap, it was about average, I would imagine. hahaha. :)

    Mar 9, 2009 | 12:44 pm

  27. Bong says:

    This carrot got balls!!!

    Mar 9, 2009 | 2:12 pm

  28. sanojmd says:

    wahaha. an odd-looking carrot.. hmmm..also has hairs on it..hahaha

    Mar 9, 2009 | 2:35 pm

  29. Fabian M says:

    to “make up” for the obscene picture, you better start posting vegetables that take the shape of religious icons in the future

    Mar 9, 2009 | 3:28 pm

  30. Lava Bien says:

    Munch on that!

    Mar 9, 2009 | 3:40 pm

  31. dizzy says:

    I didn’t think of THAT until you mentioned it…haha. I wonder if this is common for organic produce? We often see lots of odd-shaped carrots when buying from the OPTA stall at the lung center sunday market.

    Mar 9, 2009 | 3:52 pm

  32. angusman says:

    I’m wondering if the carrot is kosher…

    Mar 9, 2009 | 8:17 pm

  33. Apicio says:

    The carrot needs to be circumspect to pass kosher.

    Mar 9, 2009 | 8:30 pm

  34. marissewalangkaparis says:

    Ha ha ha

    Mar 9, 2009 | 9:47 pm

  35. betty q. says:

    Dizzy: for odd-shaped carrots…Ideally…the carrot bed should be well tilled free from rocks or small hard clumps of soil. If the carrot comesin contact of those samll or hard clumps of soil as it grows, then it stunts the growth forming a split and grows into an odd shapedlooking one….not too much nitrogen or manure as well in the soil or you will really have a HAIRY CARROT!

    Mar 9, 2009 | 9:56 pm

  36. Joni says:

    hahahhahaa :)

    Mar 9, 2009 | 10:18 pm

  37. ted says:

    MM, i think if you sell this on Ebay, it will command a good fortune for you, hehehe.

    Mar 10, 2009 | 3:06 am

  38. Maria Clara says:

    The humble deformed carrot. Thanks BettyQ for the gardening tips. By the way BettyQ: where do you get your ubod for the Bacolod lumpia? Thanks again.

    Mar 10, 2009 | 4:02 am

  39. alilay says:

    APICIO you are back !!!

    Mar 10, 2009 | 6:35 am

  40. lyna says:

    he he! BTW is there a Tagalog word for carrot??

    Mar 10, 2009 | 11:32 am

  41. jdawgg says:

    Hey Marketman,

    What up!!!, That carrot is, know that just remind me of myself every morning when I get up. Ha ha ha:>)

    Mar 10, 2009 | 12:02 pm

  42. bagito says:

    Bwahaha, had to share that pic w/ the hubby. Unfortunately, we gotta keep this blog somewhat wholesome so I’ll just keep additional comments to myself. Hehe.

    Mar 10, 2009 | 12:14 pm

  43. betty q. says:

    Lyna: I concur with Kulasa’s neighbour…KEROTS!!!!

    Mar 10, 2009 | 12:32 pm

  44. Gener says:

    That was standard carrot size i guess, greener looking and uhh! apetizer yes! should i show this to my wife to describe the importance of carrots? the appearance will say it anyway…nice carrot.

    Mar 10, 2009 | 4:24 pm

  45. angusman says:

    Would you say this carrot is better suited as an appetizer or main course?

    Mar 10, 2009 | 11:19 pm

  46. Rose5 says:

    hahaha…kering carry ng kerots…

    Mar 11, 2009 | 12:53 pm

  47. Lava Bien says:


    Mar 12, 2009 | 3:01 pm

  48. bedazzled says:

    angusman, i’d say it is best suited as dessert. :=)

    Mar 13, 2009 | 11:11 pm


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