Black Knight Carrots
Black Knight carrots from Tutti Frutti Farms in Buellton, Santa Barbara County have a beautiful deep purple colored skin with creamy yellow/orange colored flesh. Black Knights are crunchy with a bit of spice. The deep color means they are high in anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants that have been found to have possible health benefits including anti-cancer, anti-inflammation and pain reduction.
We blanched, steamed and roasted the Black Knight carrots to see if the colors would hold. The purple color held through all the cooking methods but the creamy interior did not “pop” as much when blanched or steamed. Earl’s employee Daniel recommends eating them raw and cutting them into carrot coins, shredding or peeling them for a beautiful addition to a salad.