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The carrot is an edible root of the daucus carota plant. They are usually orange in color yet the "white carrot" is actually the parsnip. The carrot is a tuberiform. Carrots can be eaten raw or cooked, and are low in calories and high in nutrients, especially Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and beta carrotene. They are a healthy lunch snack to give children instead of cookies or chips. Carrots are also a favorite food of several rodents and small mammals, such as rabbits and gophers.