During the food shortages of the Second World War, the British Ministry of Agriculture launched a campaign to promote the eating of carrots. The campaign included cartoons featuring Carroty George, Clara Carrot and Doctor Carrot. Eating carrots was said to improve people's ability to see during the blackouts. One of the recipes offered was for carrot fudge.
There is a carrot museum in the town of Berlotte in Belgium. It is said to be extremely small. Only men are permitted to join the Carrot Club linked to the museum. They wear Carrot Club T-shirts and have carrot statues in their gardens.
Carrots originally came from Afghanistan and were purple, red, white or yellow. Orange carrots were bred by the Dutch in the 16th century to honour the royal House of Orange.
The ancient Greeks considered the carrot to be an aphrodisiac. They called it 'philtron', meaning 'love charm'.
The world's longest carrot, grown by Joe Atherton of Mansfield in 2007, was 19ft 1.96in long.
During World War II pilots were told to eat carrots to improve their eyesight. The theory behind this is that carrots contain beta carotine, which the liver absorbs and turns into vitamin A, which is absorbed by the retina.
The type of carrot with which Bugs Bunny is usually pictured is a species called Danvers.
The final meal eaten by passengers on the Titanic included creamed carrots.
In 2003 Salford Primary Care Trust in Manchester, England, sent an email to schools advising on how to eat carrots: from the bottom up, discarding the top.