1 JimmyR 10 months ago I just discovered that in nature carrots used to be white, yellow, purple or red - but not orange. Yet when i go to the supermarket or vege market all I see are orange carrots. Apparently it was the Dutch in the 16th century who bred orange carrots for some celebration or other - orange is the national colour of the Netherlands...I love finding out about the history of food. French fries should probably be called Belgian fries, Italian food must have been vastly different before tomatoes arrived from the new world, and ciabata was only invented in the 80s, it is not a traditional Italian bread. How quickly food habits change. Do you still eat like your parents did when you were a kid? I sure don't!