Van Oranje

Yes I may well be a Brit, with that good old London accent of mine, but... actually I also grew up and went to school in Holland, Eindhoven to be specific as this is where my mother originates from. But where is this all leading you ask yourself, well... how many people actually know that it was because of the Dutch that the good old carrot was genetically modified to the colour orange, for what is thought to be purely political reasons.

In the 17th century, Dutch growers are thought to have cultivated orange carrots as a tribute to William of Orange – who led the the struggle for Dutch independence – and the color stuck. A thousand years of purple, yellow and white carrots were wiped out in an instant.

Well this weekend was carrot juicing time but I thought why just stick with my heritage inspired orange carrots, lets throw a few of the original coloured ones into the mix. They seem indeed to be making a come back, which makes for fantastic photography props.

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