I spotted these fantastic purple (but really, they were reddish) carrots at the Down to Earth stall at Salcedo Market a couple of Saturdays ago, and promptly purchased the last two bunches they had on display. It’s really nice to see farmers adding variety to the produce that they grow and offer to consumers. And I tend to buy almost anything unusual like this, to encourage them to grow more…
Peeled, the carrots have an orange flesh just like their more common orange cousins, so if you want to show off their color, you need to leave their thin skins on. Simply brush them off well and wash and serve as crudites or blanch briefly and use in a salad, etc.
Here, the carrots are briefly blanched, cut in half to show off their unusually colored skins, and the vibrant orange flesh, and presented on a platter with some nice blanched asparagus and a dipping sauce nearby. Simple but unusual at the same time.