Easter is the first holiday to truly usher in springtime. In sunny California, the weather is beautiful all year around, but Easter lets us know that the time has come to truly embrace and enjoy all that spring has to offer. That includes the bounty of fresh vegetables that signify that spring has arrived. And when it comes to spring veggies, the carrot reigns supreme.
A Distinguished History
Carrots have a long and distinguished history, dating back to the Mediterranean region as early as 500 B.C. The modern carrot was developed in the 16th Century and brought to our country by the English colonists. But it was French cuisine that took the orange-hued root and elevated it to the level of stupendous soup.
Considered as a classic dish, carrot soup was made famous by King Edward VII. Between 1901 and 1910, he would eat the soup each year on August 26th to commemorate the victory of his ancestor, Edward the Black Prince, in the Battle of Crecy. This carrot-soup-custom extended to the English people and was carried out for many years.
The Easter Tradition
Once carrot soup became a well-known dish, it became popular as part of an Easter meal. Traditional Easter menus involve a carved ham in all of its salty and savory goodness, in addition to rich and creamy casseroles and traditional Easter cheeses. Paired along with the rich foods are lighter, springy foods that give a pop of freshness to the meal. A light and luscious vegetable soup is the perfect way to balance out the savory richness that an Easter meal imparts. This is what has made carrot soup the preferred starter of the ages.
Tradition Lives On
From its regal beginnings as a soup fit for Kings, to a soup that has become a traditional part of a springtime holiday, carrot soup is in a league of its own.
With Easter on the way, be sure that you order plenty of SoLé SoupS smooth and comforting Carrot-Ginger soup. Its beautiful color will impress every guest at your Easter brunch, lunch, or dinner. And its taste will leave them with a feeling of good health, good heart, and good soul.