Every time I have carrots in my kitchen I instinctively take out the peeler and peel the skins. Why? Because it is what my mom and grandma did when they were in the kitchen. But is it a necessary step?
Let’s look at the facts of carrot peeling…
PROS to Peeling
- Removes dirt, pesticides, and possible wax coating.
- It gives the carrot a “fancier” appearance.
- You can use the peels to feed pet rodents, make a broth, or use them in your compost pile.
- Some winter carrots have a tougher skin, which is removed when peeling.
CONS to Peeling
- Removes some of the phytonutrients which are stored in the skin.
- The more you peel, the less food you have to eat.
- It takes valuable time away from dinner prep.
- Some carrots have a pretty purple skin; peeling causes it to look like every other orange carrot.
- The skin makes for a rustic look and is lost when peeled.
Overall I don’t see any real evidence as to why you should peel your carrots. In the future I will not be peeling mine, but instead giving them a good scrub to remove excess dirt. Be sure to also remove the green leaves before storing as they will suck all the moisture out of the carrots and make them wilt faster.
Organic Carrots = Not Peeled
Conventional Carrots = Peeled