The carrot is a root vegetable, usually orange in colour. The edible part of a carrot is a taproot. It is a domesticated form of the wild carrot Daucus carota, native to Europe and southwestern Asia.
Carrots are an excellent source of beta carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body. The deeper the orange colour, the higher the beta carotene content. Vitamin A helps with night vision, which is why children are told to eat carrots so they will be able to see in the dark! Vitamin A also benefits the skin and is great for supporting the immune system. They also contain fiber (especially with the skin kept on), vitamin K, potassium, folate, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, vitamin E and zinc.