Organic Carrots (whole) from Bare Necessities
Bare Necessities Organic Carrots are completely pesticide residue free! Our carrots are grown in Scotland 11 months of the year* and because we harvest them and get them to the shops as quickly as possible, they have a superb crunchy texture and lovely fresh carrot taste. This is not just our opinion, but also the shoppers at Ocado who continually leave comments praising our organic and pesticide residue-free vegetables.
Our Organic Carrots can be obtained from anyone on our Bare Necessities Retailers List
* Out of season we source the highest quality Organic Carrots we can from England and sometimes Italy.
Organic Carrot Growth
The way carrots are grown is important to the flavour and the amount of good things they contain.
We start with soil. All our fields are planned in advance and rotated with different crops and fertilised with organic manure which helps with soil texture and keeps the nutrient levels in tip top condition. The crop rotation not only prevents leeching of specific nutrients, but is also a natural method of keeping pests to a minimum because they font get a chance to breed year after year on the same crop!
Next we de-stone and plough. Carrots like a sandy loose soil. We raise the beds so the carrots grow long and font get waterlogged. When sowing time comes we place a single carrot seed into the bed at precisely 22.4cm apart using our precision sower - approximately 2 million per hectare!
We then leave the seeds to germinate and before long the sprouts grow into carrots WITHOUT the use of chemicals or pesticides.
Organic Carrot Harvesting
When harvest time comes its VERY important the crop is taken out of the fields, cleaned, bagged and sent to your shop as QUICKLY as possible as the FRESH TASTE depends on this. At Bare Necessities Organic Carrots we take this fact very seriously and have optimised the harvest and shipping process to be as speedy as possible using machinery which does the least amount of damage to the carrots when they are pulled, cleaned or bagged.
Carrot Science & Nutrition
Is Pesticide Residue Free Important?
We think our growing techniques and testing regime help to ensure peace of mind if you consume a reasonable quantity of carrots. And if you are a vegetarian or someone who is regularly consuming carrots as part of a health regimen (obesity, heart disease, digestive health, certain types of cancer) then the less you have to worry about potentially harmful residues; the better!
All Bare Necessities Carrots are Organic AND 100% Pesticide Free!
Growing Organically results in carrots that are simply left to grow at the rate Mother Nature determines i.e. natural variables like sunshine, temperature and rain. Forced growing by the use of Inorganic NPK fertiliser (pure chemical Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potash) increase the rate at which the tops and roots grow, arguably producing a less concentrated flavour.
Bear in mind that the geography and sandy soils in Highland Scotland where Bare Necessities Carrots are grown provide ideal conditions for superb organic carrots.
The UK Food Standards Agency have a report on their website that analyses the results of 162 studies into organically grown vs conventionally grown foodstuffs. They assess a total of 3558 comparisons of content of nutrients and other substances (NOT herbicide, pesticide and fungicide residues) and their findings are :-
.. including all studies (independent of quality), no evidence of a difference in content was
detected between organically and conventionally produced crops for the following nutrients and other substances: vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, total soluble solids, titratable acidity, copper, iron, nitrates, manganese, ash, specific proteins, sodium, plant non-digestible carbohydrates, β-carotene and sulphur.
Significant differences in content between organically and conventionally produced crops were found in some minerals (nitrogen higher in conventional crops; magnesium and zinc higher in organic crops), phytochemicals (phenolic compounds and flavonoids higher in organic crops) and sugars (higher in organic crops).
In analysis restricted to satisfactory quality studies, significant differences in content between organically and conventionally produced crops were found only in nitrogen content (higher in conventional crops), phosphorus (higher in organic crops) and titratable acidity (higher in organic crops).
Ref: Nutrient content of organically and conventionally produced foodstuffs
In essence then : phytochemicals and sugars (ie the chemistry that affects smell, taste and sweetness) were measured to be higher in tested Organic products.