Young carrots or baby carrots are harvested before reaching maturity. They are much smaller in size and usually still have the green leaves when sold.
Some companies cut regular carrots into small pieces which they then call baby carrots. This often leads to confusion as in theory it is carrots, simply cut to a smaller size.
Carrots get their sweet flavour from natural sugars such as sucrose, glucose, fructose, and maltose. Young carrots develop terpenoids before the sugars which make them extra aromatic. If a carrot is harvested too early, it can taste bitter and a little soapy.
How to peel young carrots
- Peel the baby carrot
- Bring a large amount of water to boil with a good pinch of salt.
- Wash the baby carrots and cut off the tops.
- Boil the baby carrot for 3 minutes, the carrots are almost cooked but still crisp.
- Transfer them to an ice bath to stop the cooking process.
- Rub the baby carrot with kitchen paper or a kitchen towel or use the back of a paring knife to scrape the soft skin off.