Carrots

Carrots were a rather rare sight when I first came to Thailand many years ago. There were usually just a few slices thrown into mixed vegetable stir-fries for color. Over the years, it seems that they have become more common, and that’s probably due to them becoming more readily available. The increasing availability is no doubt due to the efforts of His Majesty the King of Thailand, through his Royal Projects foundation.

Finding Purple Carrots

I'm on an extended visit to Portland, Oregon, where I grew up, and as luck would have it I'm here for the start of the farmer's market season, when local produce growers set up stalls in parks and lots around town in a revival of traditional markets. It was in one of these, on the campus of Portland State University, that I found a stall selling purple carrots.

Where did the Purple Carrots Go?

Carrots were a rather rare sight when I first came to Thailand many years ago. There were usually just a few slices thrown into mixed vegetable stir-fries for color. Over the years, it seems that they have become more common, and that's probably due to them becoming more readily available. The increasing availability is no doubt due to the efforts of His Majesty the King of Thailand, through his Royal Projects foundation. This point was driven home when we encountered a group of Meo villagers washing huge mounds of freshly harvested carrots on the side of a mountain road one day.

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