Daucus carota. Carrots are originally from central Asia and they come in so many colors besides orange—purple and red types are actually the original ones! The tiny seed must be sown very shallow; to avoid drying out, especially when sown in hot weather, shade the seed bed or row with boards, paper, or something to exclude the hot sun and hold in moisture. Long-rooted types need a deep, mellow soil; in heavier soils, grow half-long or round types. Most of our varieties of heirloom carrots mature around 65-70 days from sowing. Early sowings can be made 2-3 weeks before spring’s last frost date. The tiny carrot seeds should be surface-sown and not covered, or covered only minimally, and kept uniformly moist until seedlings are strong. May be sown throughout spring and summer at 2-3 week intervals, until about a month before first frost in autumn. Deep, mellow, well-worked soil suits long types; half-longs and round types are better bets in heavier soils. Do try growing carrots—they are easy and rewarding!
75 days. One of the darkest carrots available from skin to core, it is delicious raw or cooked! It’s also used as a dye, and it makes a stunning dark purple drink when juiced; when a squeeze of lemon is added, it turns bright pink. Amazingly, it retains its color after cooking and is incredibly high in anthocyanins. If left in the garden, it makes an exquisite white umbel tinged with lavender.
Vibrant purple skin with bright orange flesh and unusual yellow core.
Adored by carrot aficionados for its yellow core and spicy-yet-sweet flavor! Roots are full-sized at 7" long, thrive in heavy soils and are very hardy. Improved from a USDA specimen by Dr. John Navazio, with lycopene content equal to tomatoes! Specialty appeal. 7" Danvers-type
Imperator carrots have 7-9" long slender tapering roots. Make sure you have cultivated your soil to a depth of 10-12" for best results. Very tasty carrot. Leave some in the ground to harvest after a frost of two - carrots become sweeter after a frost. This is a great variety for winter storage. Maturity 74 Days
How To Grow
Carrots will grow well in any open, well cultivated, deep garden soil. As the seed is quite small, mix it with some sand when..
6" long, slender with a rounded end and crisp, tender flesh. Plant 2-3 weeks in succession in spring and again in fall. Garden Tip: Carrots that have been planted in the summer can be left in the ground until the first frost. Cover with a thick layer of mulch, like hay, straw or leaves to preserve the crop. Much sweeter after a frost, a late carrot harvest will be a fresh treat in the fall.Maturity 75 days.
These great-looking, plump dark Purple Carrots grow vigorously, combining wonderful rich color with excellent sweet flavor & crisp texture. Loaded with healthy antioxidants and delicious raw or cooked. Maturity 70 Days