Sunday, November 02, 2008

Carrot Puree

Yes. The photo (taken from Wiki) above has connection with Carrot Puree. Those are carrots flowers. Lovely, aren't them?

Anyway, here's some info I got from Wiki..
The carrot gets its characteristic and bright orange colour from β-carotene, which is metabolised into vitamin A in humans when bile salts are present in the intestines.[3] Massive overconsumption of carrots can cause hypercarotenemia, a condition in which the skin turns orange (although hypercarotenemia is not itself dangerous unlike overdose of vitamin A, which can cause liver damage). Carrots are also rich in dietary fibre, antioxidants, and minerals.

Lack of Vitamin A can cause poor vision, including night vision, and vision can be restored by adding Vitamin A back into the diet. The urban legend that says eating large amounts of carrots will allow one to see in the dark developed from stories of British gunners in World War II who were able to shoot down German planes in the darkness of night. The legend arose during the Battle of Britain when the RAF circulated a story about their pilots' carrot consumption as an attempt to cover up the discovery and effective use of radar technologies in engaging enemy planes.[4][5] It reinforced existing German folklore and helped to encourage Britons—looking to improve their night vision during the blackouts—to grow and eat the vegetable.

Ethnomedically, the roots are used to treat digestive problems, intestinal parasites, and tonsillitis or constipation.

Another lovely photo from Wiki

Anyway. Where was I? Oh... carrot puree. Carrot has its own natural sweetness that appeals to baby tastebud. At least my baby. Making puree is actually a breeze. I scrape off the outer layer of skin, cut into small pieces. Simply boil over high heat until it boils then lower down the flame. Give these guys another 10-15 minutes or until soften. Leave to cool then blend. The stock can be used for cooking rice for puree.

carrot puree. seen in ice-cube tray. i term this as 'sayur'. why? look below..

carrot puree+rice puree.
note of caution - please feed your baby carrot puree first for 3 days before attempting any combination. If he/she is okay, then you can introduce new puree/new combination.

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