“Carrots keep you healthy and help you see in the blackout,” read one 1940s war propaganda advertisement.
While carrots are indeed loaded with vitamin A, which is necessary for good eyesight, eating them can’t improve night vision.
Smithsonian Magazine notes the exaggeration didn’t stop the British government from pushing the carrot’s superhero qualities in an effort to distract the Nazis from the real reason Royal Air Force pilots were shooting down their bombers: a secret radar system.
These days carrots are flying high in nutrition circles once again, especially when they are paired with turmeric, a super-spice gaining plenty of buzz in nutrition circles for its anti-inflammatory properties.
The dynamic duo shows up in recipes for elixirs, tonics and smoothies. This recipe for cilantro carrot salad includes turmeric, coriander seeds and red pepper flakes with a vinaigrette of olive oil and lemon.
Preparation tips: For more flavor, allow to marinate overnight but remember to wait until just before serving before tossing with cilantro and peanuts. Any type of peanut could be used in this recipe.
Crushing coriander in a mortar using a pestle releases the flavor and provides the ideal texture. If you don’t have a mortar/pestle, place the cooled seeds in a zip-top bag, seal the bag and place it on a board, then crush the seeds with the flat side of a meat tenderizer or a rolling pin or use a spice grinder.