Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

A traditional use of carrots

Traditionally carrots (Daucus carota) are used as noses for snowmen, at least in illustrations.  The photograph here was taken on Tooting Common, London Borough of Wandsworth, on Sunday 24 January 2021.

Although most people made do with locally found twigs as noses for their snowmen, two or three groups had brought a carrot with them for this purpose.  Some families were making snowmen, but most of the makers seemed to be young adults.

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