[view] • Golden carrots are a magical food item that restore , as well as provide health regeneration. They are obtained through crafting, by placing a normal carrot in the center of a crafting grid with gold nuggets surrounding the carrot. The other way of obtaining the carrot is through luck harvesting carrots in their plant form.
The golden carrot is an item used as a brewing ingredient for making potions of night vision, which can then be corrupted into a potion of invisibility. In the Horse Update (1.6.1), they are used to breed horses by feeding them to two horses, activating love mode.
Texture changed from  to  in order to match the new carrot texture. The item sprite no longer has a dark outline.
Golden carrots being used for potions of night vision is based on the common misconception (promulgated by the British government during WW2) that eating carrots can improve one's vision; this is only true if one has vitamin A deficiency.
Golden carrots may be the most beneficial (magical effects excluding) food item so far: their effective food + saturation value is 20.4 - just a bit less than that of steak (20.8), and they are 1.5 times as nourishing, meaning you'll spend a greater fraction of time in saturated state with health regeneration on.