What to Look For
Choose carrots that are crisp and firm with healthy looking tops. Dark orange carrots are optimal as they have higher levels of beta-carotene.
- 95 - 100% Relative Humidity
Mature carrots will last 5 months or longer with close to no decay at 0°C with appropriate humidity.
Carrots packaged in "cello packs" are often immature. These as well as fresh-cut or peeled carrots lose quality much faster lasting only as long as 2-3 weeks.
Bunched carrots are highly perishable due to the presence of the shoots. With ice, good quality can only be maintained for around 8-12 days or less.
Response to Ethylene
Exposure to ethylene will give carrots a bitter taste.