Purple carrots from Cuevas Bajas

Purple carrots

Purple carrots

There are times that we are not aware of how lucky we are. Nature here, in Southern Spain has provided us with countless natural products to taste and enjoy.  “Malaguenos” are fortunate to have a unique variety of carrot called “Zanahoria Morá “, or “Purple carrot” famous for its  unique color. This peculiarity distinguishes this product from the rest of carrots, which we all know are orange in color and a mild flavor, ideal for eating it raw as food supplement or as a side dish. But this is not the case of the purple carrot which has a strong flavor making it ideal for fresh salads, tossed with olive oil and vinegar. 

Purple carrots

Purple carrots

I found this interesting story   in digital Sur Journal , which speaks of the origin of this vegetable in Cueva Bahas town.

“La Vega de Antequera has been known for centuries for its fertile lands and crops like olives. However, the olive is not the only product that comes out of their fields, even the healthiest. In this aspect, and its exotic origin, he overcomes the purple carrots or ‘morá’ grown on the banks of the Genil, in the vicinity of the village of Cuevas Bajas. The purple carrots is a tuber that, according to some historical accounts, Al-Andalus came up with an Arab caravan that crossed the Sahara carrying seeds in the Far East. These families were from North Africa, who decided to grow them in the vicinity of this town, an area known for years as Cuevas de Belda. From then until now has been more than thirteen centuries. Despite this, some still maintain the habit cueveños planting each year these purple carrots, which differ from normal not only in its violet color, but also in improving their properties. This tuber is known to have anti-cancer components and diuretics.

Some even says they have aphrodisiac properties. The truth is that it is also a delicious and healthy dish that can be eaten raw in salads, fried, replaces potatoes as a side dish, and even accompanying crumbs. This Malaga town, bordering the province of Córdoba, is aware of the richness and uniqueness of this product and decided to make a tribute every first Sunday of December. So, tomorrow has organized the second edition of the Festival of the Carrot ‘Morá’, in which there will be the opportunity to purchase this product and even free tasting crumbs. Be the axis around which has prepared a great gastronomic event in this cozy town located in the northern part of the fertile Vega de Antequera.”

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