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Anyone know? My organic carrots always seem to have a lot of cracks. I find this true in the whole carrots as well as the baby carrots. I don't need perfect tasteless produce, but I don't like cracked carrots. I can't clean them very well, and if they do start to mold, the crack is where it starts.

It is a petty problem, but it bugs me.
: I end up composting too many of my carrots. Are carrots on the top 10 to avoid list? Or should I switch back to coventionally grown carrots?
 

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My theory is that in some grocery stores, not enough people buy organic so the carrots sit around in the store too long and they dry out and/or crack. When I go to stores that have a good turnover of organic foods like whole foods and Trader Joe's, I seldomly find cracked carrots. I always buy bags without cracks but sometimes if I let it sit too long at home, I get cracks. How are you storing your carrots? I've never gotten mold on mine.

I would never go back to conventional carrots simply because I can actually taste the pesticides. DH and I love carrot juice and when we used conventional carrots, I had to peel them or the juice tasted bitter and kind of like dirt. Now we always use organic, and I just lightly scrub the outside of the carrots and juice peel and all, and the juice is incredibly sweet.
 

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I would definitely say that organic doesn't move as fast in the grocery stores where I shop as it would in a crunchier part of the country, so maybe the carrots are old. I don't get mold often, mostly when I forget we have the washed and peeled 'baby' carrots in the crisper or I try to save a whole carrot for a particular recipe that I don't seem to get around to making. I store them in the original bag in my crisper drawer. They have cracks when I first open up the package, the day I bring them home, so I don't think it is how I store them. I do look for nice uncracked carrots, but it can be hard to spot them.

I have to say, though, that I've had bitter organic carrots and sweet organic carrots, just as I do with the conventionally grown carrots.
 
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