Smelly carrots question
I love carrots and usually buy local or organic ones now, but recently I was lured into buying some non-organic ones at my local supermarket due to a sale. As soon as I pulled them out of my shopping bag, I could smell a very strong chemical odor. (It was a 3 pound bag.) I have noticed this before when I have purchased carrots and am wondering what this is all about. If the smell is so strong, it really makes me think about using them.
As an experiment, I soaked about 6 of them in a mixture of white vinegar and water. Then I peeled one to see if there was a difference. It still smelled. A bit less, but not much.
As I said, this is not the first time I have noticed this. The carrots look decent. But the smell is really weird. Any clues or am I just ultra- sensitive in the nasal passages? And would you eat them/ cook with them?
I used to buy bagged baby carrots for the lunchbox. Very often, they smelled of chlorine bleach. I assume they get a chlorinated wash as a disinfectant before bagging.
I have not noticed this in bagged whole carrots but some carrots, particularly thicker, woodier ones, have a bitter taste and smell, like marigolds or Queen Anne's lace, to both of which carrots are related. Could that be what you are smelling?
No, it's really more of a chemical smell. I left the bag on the counter along with the carrots I cleaned, and it's left a pretty strong aroma that wafted around the kitchen. (The ones I cleaned still don't smell so great.) I do suspect it is some kind of strong chemical used to clean them. As I said, this is not the first time I've encountered this- and is one reason I switched to organic- but I'm just curious about it. Think I'm going to chuck them.