Well, it turns out that this is a myth and we have a fellow named John “Cat’s Eyes” Cunningham to thank for it. Cat’s Eyes was an RAF officer during the war and one of the best combat pilots. During his flying career, Cat’s Eyes destroyed 19 out of 20 enemy aircraft at night, and this apparently was a very good record. Well, the government didn’t want anyone to know that the real reason he was so good at what he did was because he was using some new called Airborne Interception or radar. So a story was devised by the British government that Cat’s Eyes really liked carrots and he, along with a select group of fellow pilots, has eaten large quantities of carrots for years to develop their good vision. Hence, the great Carrot Cover Up was born. They even went so far as to create a poster to this effect.
And it wasn’t it lucky that carrots were not rationed during the war, so this myth could be perpetuated on the youth of the world ad infinitum, both during and after the war. The truth is that while carrots are indeed healthy, they do not help your vision one bit. But they did play a large part in World War II recipes. For one thing, carrots could be used as a substitute for sugar, which was rationed, in many recipes. And then there is always the delicious looking carrot lollipop –
The New York Times offered many carrot recipes to wartime cooks, including the following which works very nicely with chicken, in case you don't fowl available.
I have actually tried it out, tempted by the curry used for it.
To read more about John “Cat’s Eyes” Cunningham, who sadly passed away in 2002, be sure to visit Air Space
To see more about the important role of carrots in World War II, be sure to visit the World Carrot Museum where you can also find a very nice variety of carrot recipes.