So have been running an older version of Minecraft for a while, which was before the update with carrots and potatoes. Now that I have updated to the latest version of the game, I was wondering how carrots and potatoes will spawn in the map. Will I be able to find them anywhere, or only in places I had not previously explored? Thanks!
Carrots and potatoes can only be reliably found in villages, and they must be generated after the crops were added into the game.
However, they are also a rare drop from zombies, and while it's not the fastest way to get the items, it will save you quite a bit of walking.
The easiest way to find potatoes and carrots is to defeat Zombies. They have a rare chance of dropping the new eats. You can also obtain them in newly generated villages, where they have a chance of spawning in place of wheat.
You can only find carrots and potatoes in a place where chunks have not loaded yet. If you have looked thousands of blocks, no carrots or potatoes will spawn there.
Carrots are also a rare drop from zombies and can be farmed normally.
There are two ways to get carrots and potatoes, but since your in an older world, the second way is modified a bit. Here's what they are:
Rare Drops from Zombies
In chunks that you haven't been in in the earlier verisons (before carrots and potatoes were added) there may be a village, which will have them.