Carrots are believed to be a domesticated form of the wild carrot, Daucus carota that was native to Europe and Southwestern Asia. Popular folklore has it that was first eaten in Persia (areas of which now belong to Iran and Afghanistan) although originally cultivated for its leaves and seeds. Only later did the eating of the taproot become popular and when selective breeding started, the taproot was enlarged, made more palatable by removing its woody texture and taste.
Carrots are known to be rich in carotene and although they contain large amounts of water, their health benefits are widely known and respected. They also make for very good salads and cooked meals.
Wildeklawer is fast making its mark as one of the leading producers of carrots in South Africa. As carrots and other vegetables are grown on large scale due to the advantage of scientific methods and sustainable water supply, carrots are produced year-round.
As with other crops, each production unit fed by its centre-pivot irrigation system, is planted with a different crop type each year and the previous crop type, is moved upwind of the former, so preventing plant diseases which may have developed to spread.
Although carrot harvesting is mostly done mechanically, it is supported by large teams of manual labour so ensuring that the crop comes in and sustaining employment for many in the area.