Dr Carrot

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Since meat was rationed, vegetables became an important staple of the wartime diet. With the implementation of the “Dig for Victory” campaign, carrots were one of the important foods that helped win the war. Housewives had the great  experience of preparing such culinary delights as Carrot Biscuits (cookies), Carrot Marmalade (the shredded carrots looked like and served as mock orange peel), carrot on a stick (advertised to children “as good as a lollipop”) and carrot juice drinks from recipes found in the Ministry’s “War Cookery Leaflet 4.″ As sugar was rationed, carrots were also used as a sweetener in baked goods.


When the Ministry of Food was faced with a bumper crop of carrots in 1941,  they used various forms of media to inform the British public that eating carrots would help them see better during the war-imposed blackouts. “Dr. Carrot” was created as a symbol to remind people to eat more vegetables and help reduce the surplus carrot crop.  Posters with the slogan “Carrots keep you healthy and help you see in the blackout”  were plastered throughout the country.


Isn’t an hour in the garden better than an hour in the queue?” (Lord Woolton, Minister of Food, 1941)

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