What Part of the Plant Is a Carrot?


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A carrot is the root portion of the carrot plant, also known as a taproot. A taproot is the largest, most dominant root of the plant's system. Carrots are typically orange in color, although some varieties are purple, red, white or yellow.

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The most commonly eaten part of a carrot plant is the taproot, although the green portion of the plant is often eaten as well. Taproots typically grow straight down and feature a tapering shape, although turnips, onions, beets and radishes are taproots as well. It is made up of an outer cortex called phloem and an inner cortex called xylem.

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