These fresh, tender little morsels are a delicacy and they have a natural sweetness to them that pops in your mouth!
When most people think of baby carrots, they think about a bag like this….
Those things in the bag may or may not be baby carrots. Yes, they are small carrots, but in many instances, the bagged carrots are bits and pieces of larger carrots that were broken or didn’t make the grade and were placed in a sandpaper like electric potato peeler and peeled until they got to the desired size. They even say “cut and peeled” on the bag! If you have tasted true fresh baby carrots like these I pulled out of my garden, there is no comparison.
Because I was craving some fresh grown carrots, I pulled a row maybe a little prematurely and thats why I call these baby baby carrots. They could have stayed in the ground a few more weeks but like most fresh vegetables, the younger and smaller they are, they tend to be even more sweet and tender so after preparing and tasting these, I had absolutely no regrets!
Notice the green tops on the carrots that I harvested. Those are edible and delicious, too. When you buy fresh carrots in the store, you normally have to cut the green tops off because it is impossible to get the dirt out of the cracks and crevices. I was able to wash and scrub these clean.
(I also like to pull beets and potatoes in the baby stage….)
- 6-8 ounces fresh baby carrots
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 tablespoon honey
- 1 1/2 tsp fresh chopped parsley
Wash and scrub the carrots, leaving part of the green tops on. Place them in a saucepan with 1/2 cup of water. Add the carrots, cover the pan and bring to a boil for a few minutes until tender. Drain the water from the pan and add the butter, honey and salt and pepper and cook on low until the butter melts. Top with the fresh chopped parsley. That’s it!
Suggested music for your listening pleasure while preparing the carrots…
“Baby Baby” by Amy Grant from her album “Heart in Motion” released in January 1991.
Since Michelle Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas turns 75 today, lets go with the classic “California Dreamin” released as a single in 1965 from their album “If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears” and another of my favorites by the late Papa John Phillips, Michelle’s former husband, “Mississippi” from his solo album “John, the Wolf King of L.A.” released in 1970.