Botanist's Glossary

Carrot - Daucus carota sativus

  • Description
    • The carrot (Apiaceae family) is a biennial plant grown for its fleshy, orange-colored root. At the center of the carrot's umbels of small white flowers is a single red flower - the distinctive sign of the carrot among the many white-flowered plants in the Umbelliferae family. Today, the plant is cultivated in all temperate regions in the world.
  • Traditions
    • Long known for their anti-asthenic properties, carrots are traditionally recommended for sick children and convalescents. They also act on irritations of the digestive tract. Carrot seeds are one of the main diuretics used in ancient medicine.
  • Properties
    • The oil is extracted from the seeds and has fortifying and restorative properties. As a softening agent, it nourishes and regenerates the epidermis. The skin thus preserves its youthfulness and radiance. Rich in beta-carotene, the carrot also has a protective action on the epidermis: it helps the body to inhibit free radicals produced by UV rays.