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I recently got a bag of carrots out of the fridge, and find that most of them had turned black. What causes this, and are they safe to eat (with or without peeling)?

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This was one interesting question... I wonder if you would buy carrots from market if they were black instead of organge :D (any other colour but these ) – bonCodigo Feb 11 '14 at 12:59
I have bought and eaten black carrots before now - but there is a marked difference between carrots that are black and carrots that have turned black – pm_2 Feb 11 '14 at 14:31
I definitely meant the latter, "carrots that have turned black". That's why I gave the piture link to make sure to include carrots with all possible colours, including the purple/black ones.. – bonCodigo Feb 11 '14 at 15:34
Apropos black carrot: Vintage carrot and camomile – soegaard Nov 7 '15 at 12:24
up vote 12 down vote accepted

When carrots turn black, it is almost always caused by rot. I would definitely not eat them.

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Is it not safe to simply cut the rot away? – pm_2 Dec 14 '13 at 14:50
@pm_2 if it's just the ends, you might be able to generously cut away the rotted parts, but if it's a lot of them in the bag, I wouldn't take my chances. – SourDoh Dec 14 '13 at 15:06

The carrots are rotten. I would advise throwing them out.

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Please toss them.... black is not good. They should be a bright orange (unless of course of it is the colored varieties, like purple)

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there are carrots that have the black color because of their genes and not from rot so black color alone does not mean rot. – Caters Aug 23 '14 at 13:04

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