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Carrot Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers

Trivia quiz questions with answers about carrots the root vegetable.

 

Carrot Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers

What is a carrot?
A: The carrot is a root vegetable.

Carrots are usually orange in color but can also be what?
A: Purple, red, white, and yellow.

What type of texture does it have?
A: It has a crisp texture when fresh.

What is the most commonly eaten part of a carrot?
A: The taproot.

The carrot is a domesticated form of what?
A: The  wild carrot Daucus carota, native to Europe and southwestern Asia.

The domestic carrot has been selectively bred for its what?
A: Greatly enlarged and more palatable, less woody-textured edible taproot.

The world production of carrots and turnips (these plants are combined by the FAO for reporting purposes) for calendar year 2011 was how much?
A: Almost 35.658 million tons.

 

Almost half were grown in what country?
A: In China.

Carrots are widely used in many cuisines, especially in the preparation of what?
A: Salads.

The wild ancestors of the carrot are likely to have come from where?
A: Persia (regions of which are now Iran and Afghanistan).

A naturally occurring subspecies of the wild carrot, Daucus carota subsp. sativus, has been selectively bred over the centuries to do what?
A: Reduce bitterness, increase sweetness and minimize the woody core.

When they were first cultivated, carrots were grown for their what?
A: Aromatic leaves and seeds.

Carrot seeds have been found in Switzerland and Southern Germany dating to when?
A:  2000–3000 BC.

Close relatives of the carrot are still grown for their leaves and seeds, examples include what?
A: Parsley, fennel, dill and cumin.

 

The first mention of the root in classical sources is during what century?
A: The 1st century.

The carrot appears to have been introduced into Europe via Spain by whom?
A: The Moors in the 8th century.

The modern carrot originated in what country at about this time?
A: Afghanistan.

The 12th-century Arab Andalusian agriculturist, Ibn al-'Awwam, describes what?
A: Both red and yellow carrots.

What Jewish scholar also mentions roots of these colors in the 11th century?
A: Simeon Seth.

Cultivated carrots appeared in China in what period?
A: The 14th century.

When did carrots appear in Japan?
A: In the 18th century.

 

European settlers introduced the carrot to Colonial America in what century?
A: The 17th century.

What is responsible for the orange color of carrots?
A: Carotene.

Carrots are a good source of dietary what?
A: Fiber, vitamin K and vitamin B6.

Grated carrots are used in what?
A: Carrot cakes, and carrot puddings.

Carrot juice is also widely marketed, especially as a what?
A: A health drink.

Carrots are grown from seed and take about how long to mature?
A: four months.

 

 Carrot cultivars can be grouped into what two broad classes?
A: Eastern carrots and western carrots.

The city of Holtville, California, promotes itself as what?
A:  "Carrot Capital of the World", and holds an annual festival devoted entirely to the carrot.