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Il colore della carota

Se qualche anno fa qualcuno mi avesse chiesto di che colore sono le carote, non avrei avuto nessuna esitazione nel rispondere: arancioni! Di recente, però, ho scoperto che avrei dato la risposta sbagliata.

In origine, infatti, questo ortaggio era di color viola e in alcuni supermercati oggi è possibile ritrovare le carote della loro tonalità originale. Ma perché allora siamo abituati a vedere carote arancioni?

Furono dei contadini olandesi che circa 500 anni fa decisero di incrociare questi vegetali fino a farli diventare arancioni, in onore del re che di cognome faceva, appunto, d’Orange.

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