Scrub the outsides of each carrot. If you decide to not peel the carrots, which is completely safe, be sure to scrub each carrot thoroughly.
Peel carrots if you desire.
Dice carrots into 1-2 inch pieces. For a faster cooking time, cut them into smaller pieces by quartering the larger section of the carrot first, then slice.
Option 1 (boiling): Add carrots to a large pot and fill with water until completely covering the carrots. Bring to a boil and cook for 10-15 minutes.
Option 2 (steaming): Depending on the type of steamer you have, cook it according to steamer directions. If you have a stovetop steamer, bring water to a boil. Set carrots on top, cover with lid and steam for 10-15 minutes.
If using boil method, drain carrots.
Add butter and maple syrup to hot carrots. Stir until butter is melted and butter/syrup mixture has evenly coated the carrots. Finish by stirring in a dash of nutmeg.