Chilled soups are refreshing in hot weather. This one transforms garden carrots into a velvety purée with ginger and honey imparting great flavor. Quick and simple, it can be made ahead a couple of days or frozen for future use. To serve, it can be fancied up with a dollop of crème fraîche and chopped chives but is equally good plain. The same recipe can be made to serve hot as well. I recently brought this soup to a friend and served it in Mason jars to travel easily and in style.
Chilled Carrot-Ginger Soup
2 pounds of carrots, chopped( Organic if possible)
1/4 c olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped coarsely
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 T fresh ginger, peeld and grated
4 c broth, chicken or vegetable
2 T honey
crème fraîche and finely chopped chives to serve
In a large pot, heat oil to low-medium temperature and cook onion until translucent, being careful to not brown. Add garlic and carrots and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add broth and ginger, bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to simmer and cook for about 30 minutes until carrots are soft. Let cool. Add honey and purée in blender until soup is smooth. Taste and season with salt. To serve, add a dollop of crème fraîche and chopped chives, if desired.
FUN FACTS AND TRIVIA ABOUT CARROTS(Courtesy of http://koffeeklatchgals.hubpages.com)
- Carrots are not only orange in color, they also come in purple, white, red and yellow.
There is as much calcium in 9 carrots as there is in a glass of milk.
Carrot flowers are known as Birds Nest, Bees Nest and the Devils Plague.
Carrots were the first vegetable to be canned commercially.
The average person will eat 10,866 carrots in their lifetime.
Holtville, Ca calls itself “The Carrot Capital of the World”.
Carrots are about 87% water.
- Howard Hughes always measured every carrot he ate.
- Carrots have the highest content of beta carotene, or Vitamin A, of all vegetables.
- Researchers at the USDA found that study participants who consumed 2 carrots per day were able to lower their cholesterol levels about 20% due to a soluble fiber called calcium pectate.
- Carrots were first grown for medicinal uses, not as a food.
French Tobacconists used to put a carrot in their bins to keep their tobbaco from drying out.
Three carrots can give you enough enery to walk 3 miles.
If you dream about carrots it means you will have prosperity and health.
In America, the wild carrot is known as Queen Anne’s Lace, wild carrot, rattlesnake weed and American carrot.
In the Middle Ages, carrot juice was used to make butter a more appealing color in winter.
The carrot is a member of the parsley family.
Carrots are one of the rare vegetables which are more nutricious cooked than raw.