These small, round carrots are a 19th-century heirloom developed in France for their unusual shape and sweet flavor. Once released from their original city of Nantes, the variety quickly expanded in popularity across Europe for its effortless, fast-growing nature.
Parisian carrots have a sweet, mild flavor well-suited for raw or cooked applications, including roasting, steaming, glazing, and boiling. When raw, the bite-sized roots can be displayed on appetizer plates, tossed into salads, chopped into slaws, or sliced into grain bowls. The carrots can also be used as a fresh, edible garnish. In addition to fresh preparations, Parisian carrots can be stirred into soups and stews, slow-cooked with meats, pureed into sauces, lightly steamed and served with herbs, or glazed and coated in sweet sauces.
Parisian carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A to maintain healthy organs, protect the immune system, and support normal vision functioning. The small carrots are also a good source of vitamin C to strengthen the immune system, fiber to regulate the digestive tract and contain folate, potassium, calcium, vitamin K, magnesium, and carotenoids, which are the pigments found in the flesh that have antioxidant-like properties.
Plus, look at them… aren’t they just adorable?