Car­rot sharp­en­ers in de­mand as 70s nos­tal­gia flares

The Daily Telegraph - - News -

Car­rot “sharp­en­ers” are on course to be­come the next kitchen fad as nos­tal­gia for the 1970s in­spires a new way to im­press guests at retro din­ner par­ties.

The gad­get, which looks like a gi­ant pen­cil sharp­ener, trans­forms raw veg­eta­bles into curly shav­ings used to dec­o­rate 70s-style dishes such as prawn cock­tail or av­o­cado salad.

In the past 10 days, eBay has re­ported a ten­fold in­crease in sales and list­ings of the de­vice, start­ing from “Buy it Now” prices of as lit­tle as 99p. Lake­land, which sells a ver­sion for £9.99, has seen a 15 per cent in­crease in sales over a sim­i­lar pe­riod.

Retro food trends are emerg­ing as house­hold­ers are choos­ing to dec­o­rate homes with bold pat­terned wall­pa­pers and car­pets, and mus­tard yel­low fur­nish­ings.

A Lake­land spokesman said: “The trend for healthy eat­ing has been gath­er­ing mo­men­tum for sev­eral years now. Clever tools to help with healthy food prepa­ra­tion con­tinue to grow in pop­u­lar­ity, with spi­ral­iz­ers now at the top of Lake­land’s best sell­ers list and other kitchen tools also prov­ing hugely pop­u­lar.

“Prod­ucts like the Karoto are fun and also help cus­tomers add pro­fes­sional look­ing gar­nishes to their home made dishes quickly and eas­ily.”

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