When I was a kid my Grandma had me believing that eating carrots would help me to see in the dark (night-time didn’t frighten me, it was going to the cinema and sitting in complete darkness before the movie started that terrified me).
The truth is that while carrots provide Vitamin A, which is great for maintaining normal eyesight, they won’t actually give you superior sight. My Grandmother didn’t make up a superpower for carrots though, it was the work of the British Royal Air Force. During World War II, in order to keep its new radar technology a secret from the Nazis, they pretended their ability to spot enemy targets at night was the result of carrots in the pilots’ diet.
Fun fact (or myth?) aside, carrots really are good for you and they are especially delicious when paired with Brave Soldier – our spicy herb dip mix. Here’s a recipe for all the carrot-lovers out there.
2 lbs carrots, peeled and chopped
6 cloves garlic, peeled
2Tbps olive oil
Salt and pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
1Tbsp Brave Soldier
Preheat oven to 200°C/392°F. On a baking sheet, toss chopped carrots and whole garlic cloves with olive oil and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Spread in an even layer and roast until tender and they start to brown (about 30 minutes). Flip the carrots and garlic over a couple of times. Take out of the oven and leave to cool.
Once cooled to room temperature, put carrots and garlic into a food processor with lemon and Brave Soldier mix. Process until smooth. Before serving, pop into the fridge for an hour to bring out the flavours. Serve with chips, crackers and/or vege sticks.