Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Carrot, Daucus Carota, a biennial umbelliferous plant, native of Britain, one of several species of a genus characterised by deeply-cut leaves, and long, flat, straight prickles on its carpels. The conical tap-root of the cultivated form contains 89 per cent. of water and 4.5 per cent. of sugar. Though known to the ancients, it is believed to have been introduced into England from Holland in 1558.