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greenberg
02-21-08, 04:03 AM
Hi there.


A couple of weeks back, I bought a 2 pound package of fresh carrots and put it in the fridge. I'm not a terrible fan of vegetables, so I'm not eating them very avidly. (The package in the fridge is half open, so air is inside.)

It turns out that in the meantime, the carrots started sprouting roots! Some of the smaller carrots dried up; some started to rot; and the majority is sprouting roots.

Is there anything wrong with those carrots that started sprouting?
I tried some of the sprouting carrots. I peeled off the skin and the roots. Those carrots only seem to taste more bland, but otherwise, seem fine.

I've heard that potatoes, once they start sprouting, aren't edible anymore because their chemical composition changes (even though they still look fine otherwise). :confused:

sowhatifit'sdark
02-21-08, 04:23 AM
I am pretty sure they are OK to eat. They tast more bland because they are growing and using their sugars to grow.

John99
02-21-08, 04:29 AM
Onions do that too, eat them.

sowhatifit'sdark
02-21-08, 04:33 AM
I should have added that with potatoes the eyes are poisonous, so if you have a lot of roots and not much potato there is little point in cutting all the roots off and eating the rest.

Orleander
02-21-08, 05:31 AM
they're poisonous? How many would you have to eat to become ill?

John99
02-21-08, 05:32 AM
Honestly i never heard of anyone dying from eating a carrot. Perhaps you should eat the carrot.

lucifers angel
02-21-08, 05:59 AM
Hi there.


A couple of weeks back, I bought a 2 pound package of fresh carrots and put it in the fridge. I'm not a terrible fan of vegetables, so I'm not eating them very avidly. (The package in the fridge is half open, so air is inside.)

It turns out that in the meantime, the carrots started sprouting roots! Some of the smaller carrots dried up; some started to rot; and the majority is sprouting roots.

Is there anything wrong with those carrots that started sprouting?
I tried some of the sprouting carrots. I peeled off the skin and the roots. Those carrots only seem to taste more bland, but otherwise, seem fine.

I've heard that potatoes, once they start sprouting, aren't edible anymore because their chemical composition changes (even though they still look fine otherwise). :confused:


they are ok to eat just make sure that you wash them and peal them properly

Bells
02-21-08, 06:52 AM
they're poisonous? How many would you have to eat to become ill?

Yeah. If the potatoes skin is green or turns green or they start to sprout, don't bother eating them. And don't give them to small children either.

You'd have to eat a lot of green coloured potatoes to get sick, but it's not something you'd want to take a risk with. Especially with small children or babies.


Potato plants and tubers contain the toxic glycoalkaloids, alpha-solanine, and alpha-chaconine, which act as cholinesterase inhibitors. When tubers are exposed to light, chlorophyll along with the glycoalkaloids are synthesized. The amount of glycoalkaloids formed depends on exposure length, intensity and light quality (mostly ultraviolet), and temperature; little is synthesized at temperatures below 41F. These compounds taste bitter, and ingestion can cause illness and death in extreme cases; toxicity depends on the amount ingested. Mechanical injury also induces the formation of these substances.
Normally, the highest amounts of glycoalkaloids are found in tissues with high metabolic activity such as sprouts and flowers. The content in foliage and stems is higher than in tubers. The tuber skin has the highest glycoalkaloid concentration; peeling removes most but not all of it. Mature tubers contain 2-6 mg glycoalkaloid/100 g fresh weight. The content is high early in tuber development; small immature tubers have the highest glycoalkaloid (14-28 mg/100 g) levels. Heat does not destroy these substances, although some can be leached during boiling.

http://www.uga.edu/vegetable/potato.html

domesticated om
02-21-08, 08:23 AM
Usually, when carrots start spouting roots, it's because they have entered their shedding phase. It's during this phase that the carrot attempts to reproduce by overpowering a living host with it's root system, and infecting the hosts tissue.
The symptoms of carrot infection are commonly large blisters with grow to enormous size, and burst - releasing thousands of baby carrots.

Carrot infection is lethal in 99.99% of people who contract it. You should dispose of any dry, rotten, or plain tasting carrots whenever you see roots


http://www.crcentralmarket.com/baby-carrots2.jpg
Here is a bag of highly infectious baby carrots after having been surgically removed from one of the wounds of a terminal patient

cosmictraveler
02-21-08, 08:24 AM
I once had a severed head in my refrigerator that kept winking at me!! :eek:

draqon
02-21-08, 08:26 AM
I luv carrots, if their sprouting, go an grow them in a pot

Orleander
02-21-08, 10:39 AM
where do carrot seeds come from?

domesticated om
02-21-08, 11:14 AM
BTW (on a more serious note)--- I was unable to find anything about stored carrots becoming poisonous. The closest I found was about "poisonous species of carrot".

I seem to recall my grandmother mentioning the ends of the carrot being harmful due to a type of fungus (the tip, and the end next to the stalk).......however, I think that was a myth

draqon
02-21-08, 11:17 AM
carrots might harbor Sclerotinia mold on them...and that is poisonous

domesticated om
02-21-08, 11:23 AM
carrots might harbor Sclerotinia mold on them...and that is poisonous

Ah -- n/m. Grandma was right

cosmictraveler
02-21-08, 01:12 PM
where do carrot seeds come from?

In early use, carrots were grown for their aromatic leaves and seeds, not their roots. Some relatives of the carrot are still grown for these, such as parsley, fennel, dill and cumin. The first mention of the root in classical sources is in the 1st century CE. The modern carrot appears to have been introduced to Europe in the 8-10th centuries

Enmos
02-21-08, 01:27 PM
they're poisonous? How many would you have to eat to become ill?

Haha you eat them don't you ? :p

shorty_37
02-21-08, 01:28 PM
Haha you eat them don't you ? :p

It would certainly explain some things ;)

Enmos
02-21-08, 01:28 PM
where do carrot seeds come from?

Oh lol.. Orleander I don't mean to single you out but.. come on.. :bugeye:

draqon
02-21-08, 01:29 PM
Oh lol.. Orleander I don't mean to single you out but.. come on.. :bugeye:

she is an American.

Enmos
02-21-08, 01:30 PM
she is an American.

Yea, would that explain it.. ?? lol

Enmos
02-21-08, 01:31 PM
It would certainly explain some things ;)

:D Maybe one can get a good trip out of it though.. hmm :scratchin:

draqon
02-21-08, 01:31 PM
Yea, what that explain it.. ?? lol

it explains everything, if you ever been to America...you would understand.

shorty_37
02-21-08, 01:32 PM
:D Maybe one can get a good trip out of it though.. hmm :scratchin:

I wonder if it can cause brain damage? ;)

Enmos
02-21-08, 01:35 PM
Hmm I looked it up and it appears not to be true.

The eyes and even sprouting potatoes are safe to use but they may not keep
well. Also, they may blacken when cooked. Always remove the sprouts before
using the potato. However, green potatoes or any green part of a potato
should never be eaten -- the green material contains the alkaloid,
"solarin" which is poisonous. Green areas should be cut off and discarded
before the potato is used.
ProfHoff 630
http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/gen01/gen01382.htm

Orleander
02-21-08, 06:49 PM
I was told that the potato was green because it had grown up above the soil and the green was because of chlorophyll.
Is that wrong as well?

Bells
02-21-08, 08:02 PM
where do carrot seeds come from?

From the plant probably.


I was told that the potato was green because it had grown up above the soil and the green was because of chlorophyll.
Is that wrong as well?
Not exactly. When the potato is exposed to light, chlorophyll becomes synthesized. It's a reaction to the light the potato is exposed to after it has been harvested below ground. The issue of course is that the poisonous compound in the potato also becomes synthesized with light. Hence why you should not eat a potato that has turned green. The same poisonous compound (glycoalkaloids) is found in the plant and sprouts. That is why you should never ever consume any part of the actual potato plant and why any or all of the sprouts that may come out of the potato should be discarded and not consumed.


It would certainly explain some things

-------------------------------------------

I wonder if it can cause brain damage?


Do you ever stop?

Asguard
02-21-08, 08:15 PM
orleander, the potatoe is part of the deadly nightshade family, so DONT EAT THE BERRIES!!!!!!!!


Also carrot seeds come from the green "plant" that grows off the top of the carrot. If you let that "go to seed" you can collect the seeds but you do lose the carrot.

Learned Hand
02-21-08, 09:17 PM
Hi there.


A couple of weeks back, I bought a 2 pound package of fresh carrots and put it in the fridge. I'm not a terrible fan of vegetables, so I'm not eating them very avidly. (The package in the fridge is half open, so air is inside.)

It turns out that in the meantime, the carrots started sprouting roots! Some of the smaller carrots dried up; some started to rot; and the majority is sprouting roots.

Is there anything wrong with those carrots that started sprouting?
I tried some of the sprouting carrots. I peeled off the skin and the roots. Those carrots only seem to taste more bland, but otherwise, seem fine.

I've heard that potatoes, once they start sprouting, aren't edible anymore because their chemical composition changes (even though they still look fine otherwise). :confused:


Uh, aren't carrots roots to begin with??? Just like an onion or potato?

Orleander
02-22-08, 05:41 AM
orleander, the potatoe is part of the deadly nightshade family, so DONT EAT THE BERRIES!!!!!!!!


Also carrot seeds come from the green "plant" that grows off the top of the carrot. If you let that "go to seed" you can collect the seeds but you do lose the carrot.

potatos have berries?! When picking potato bugs I don't remember any berries. Do only certain kinds of potatos have berries?

If carrots are left to go to seed, I assume there is a flower. Do you have a pic of that flower?

Orleander
02-22-08, 05:42 AM
....Do you ever stop?

nope, not even after being told to stop. Some people. As my Dad said "You buy them books and you buy them books. And what do they do?! They eat the covers"

Bells
02-22-08, 06:42 AM
nope, not even after being told to stop. Some people. As my Dad said "You buy them books and you buy them books. And what do they do?! They eat the covers"

My 11 month old does that.:bawl:

Spud Emperor
02-22-08, 06:59 AM
Unable to stop myself here, I was once quite an attractive Sebago but I went to seed.

p.s please don't encourage me; I will be tempted to dig up some really bad puns.

Enmos
02-22-08, 07:19 AM
Orleander:

Yes, all potato plants flower.

Potato flowers here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potato#Description
Potato berries here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potato#Nutrition
Carrot flower here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrot#Uses

Orleander
02-22-08, 08:08 AM
Unable to stop myself here, I was once quite an attractive Sebago but I went to seed.

p.s please don't encourage me; I will be tempted to dig up some really bad puns.

Did you ever get to the root of the problem? :D

Orleander
02-22-08, 08:09 AM
Orleander:

Yes, all potato plants flower.

Potato flowers here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potato#Description
Potato berries here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potato#Nutrition
Carrot flower here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrot#Uses


OMG, those carrot flowers look like Queen Anne's Lace. Are they the same or just in the same family?

Enmos
02-22-08, 11:06 AM
OMG, those carrot flowers look like Queen Anne's Lace. Are they the same or just in the same family?

That is Wild Carrot.. sigh lol

Queen Anne's Lace = Wild Carrot = the plant in the picture.

lucifers angel
02-22-08, 11:16 AM
i like wild garlic, and garlic can also sprotu and can be panted aswell.

http://image54.webshots.com/154/6/26/72/2255626720086624887nedxCN_ph.jpg

Enmos
02-22-08, 11:17 AM
Nice :)

draqon
02-22-08, 11:18 AM
yeah wild garlic tastes a bit sweet, back in Russia I used to find it in the woods, yummy amongst raspberry bushes and fields of strawberries

Orleander
02-22-08, 01:40 PM
I think I have all kinds of flowers that are actually veggies gone to seed. carrots, garlic (who knew!? Thanks Luci!) and onions.

and when I have carrots for supper, I cut the tops off, put them on a plate with water, and the kids watch them grow.

Asguard
02-22-08, 06:37 PM
Orleander, havent you ever seen those bunches of carrots they sell (at least here) in the supermarkets?

They still have the leaves and stuff on them:p

Orleander
02-22-08, 06:39 PM
Orleander, havent you ever seen those bunches of carrots they sell (at least here) in the supermarkets?

They still have the leaves and stuff on them:p

I know that. :) I grew up pulling them out of the ground. I've just never seen them go to seed before (we had them all harvested) and I'm too cheap to buy them in anything other than a 3 lb bag.
It interesting for the kids to see is all.

Asguard
02-22-08, 06:51 PM
Yea im waiting for us to get some decent rain (so we can get off these stupid water restrictions GRRRRR) then im going to dig up half the back yard to plant a vegy garden:)

Thinking about getting some chooks too:)

Spud Emperor
02-23-08, 01:02 AM
Did you ever get to the root of the problem? :D

Yes Orleander, thanks for asking, It started out, I was the object of desiree, very a peeling, a real sweet potato but I got myself a pontiac and it went to my head, in starch contrast to my early years, I had indeed gone to seed. I was a real root rat, mad in the sack, Idaho and then I'd have another. I turned rotten became a dick tater and here I yam now, all washed up and ready for the chipper.

greenberg
02-23-08, 02:05 AM
Yes Orleander, thanks for asking, It started out, I was the object of desiree, very a peeling, a real sweet potato but I got myself a pontiac and it went to my head, in starch contrast to my early years, I had indeed gone to seed. I was a real root rat, mad in the sack, Idaho and then I'd have another. I turned rotten became a dick tater and here I yam now, all washed up and ready for the chipper.

Ha!

Thanks for that! I had a good laugh. :cool:

Orleander
02-23-08, 07:21 AM
ah, such a sad tale. Did you have any tots along the way?

Spud Emperor
02-23-08, 07:30 AM
Orleander, You know how to slice a spud and gouge out his eyes at the same time!

Yes there were tots, but there was no sex.
Having a shitload of eyes and no hands does not exactly lead to successful foreplay.

I reproduced, yeah but not in the conventional way.
I was bereft, frustrated, I wanted to cash in my chips but suicide was not an option. I couldn't tie a fucking hangman's knot if my life depended on it ( ..err, poor choice of phrase), I tried to throw myself in the toaster but only got my jacket singhed.
I stuck my head in the oven which only seemed to improve my general aroma and I ended up getting a little soft in the middle.
No. I chucked my miserable skin on the compost heap in disgust and wouldn't you know, six months later, a decent harvest of new potatoes, mini mes everywhere.
They're not pretty but they are pratees.

Varda
02-23-08, 08:12 AM
oh, enmos is teaming up with shorty to troll on orleander in regular threads now too, cool

Enmos
02-23-08, 11:10 AM
oh, enmos is teaming up with shorty to troll on orleander in regular threads now too, cool

:confused: What ?

Orleander did I troll this thread ?

Varda
02-23-08, 05:15 PM
orleander: they're poisonous? How many would you have to eat to become ill?
enmos:Haha you eat them don't you ?
shorty:It would certainly explain some things
enmos: Maybe one can get a good trip out of it though.. hmm
shorty: I wonder if it can cause brain damage?


draqon:she is an American.
enmos:Yea, would that explain it.. ?? lol
draqon: it explains everything, if you ever been to America...you would understand.


orleander: where do carrot seeds come from?
enmos: Oh lol.. Orleander I don't mean to single you out but.. come on..

this is one of the things i like about orleander, she never keeps herself from asking a question on fear of appearing silly

she did a good job ignoring you smartasses, though
thead would have gone south if it was with me

props to orleander

tablariddim
02-23-08, 05:57 PM
where do carrot seeds come from?

the carrot stork drops them down the chimney.

tablariddim
02-23-08, 05:59 PM
and when I have carrots for supper, I cut the tops off, put them on a plate with water, and the kids watch them grow.

That's how long it takes your kids to eat those damn' carrots. Take a hint...they don't like them.

Orleander
02-23-08, 06:31 PM
...she did a good job ignoring you smartasses, though
thead would have gone south if it was with me

props to orleander

Thank you for noticing. I made a promise to Plazma and I'm gonna work hard on keeping it. :D

and tablariddim, I make my carrots with butter and brown sugar. I completely ruin any nutritional value they have. :p I'm not fond of cooked carrots.

I also grow sweet potatoes and avacado seeds. Anyone else stick toothpicks in an avacado, stick it in a glass of water and watch it grow?

Stryder
02-23-08, 07:09 PM
I'm actually surprised your carrots rooted in your refrigerator, I tend to find that storing carrots that way usually turns them rubbery rather than being crisp. Might be fine if you are the type that cooks carrots but for those of us that like them crisp it just won't do.

It's nearly bad as freezing certain fruits and vegetables considering that the water within the consumerables are frozen and breakdown the actual cells through ice crystal formation. Something to try, Freeze a carrot and thaw it out :)

Orleander
02-23-08, 07:12 PM
frozen lettuce is the worst.