According to some sources, patriotic Dutch growers were the first to cultivate the familiar sweet orange carrot that we know and love all around the world today. They claim its orange color was a nod to the Dutch Royal Family, the House of Orange. However, other authors say that the Dutch were growing orange carrots as early as the late Middle Ages. What is certain is that carrots have been a staple food in the Netherlands for a long time, but were more common in their purple and yellow form before the 1500s. Oddly, those very same colours are now being pitched to us as posh heirloom varieties at expensive farmer's markets. You can use any type of carrot for our glazed carrots recipe. The honey and cinnamon glaze give the carrots that old-fashioned taste, like granny used to make, but we've updated the recipe so that it's suitable for quick microwave cooking.