Grow Cosmic Purple carrots for the most beautiful and tasty carrot of them all. Well, that's compared to what I've grown so far.
They are six to eight inches long, with smooth, reddish-purple skins and a bright orange flesh. They are sweet and spicy, and taste best when cooked.
Carrots are a cool-season vegetable and are normally sown in the spring or, in frost-free areas, in the fall.
Sow carrot seeds thinly; one to two inches apart in deep, loose soil. Make sure your soil is void of all debris so roots can grow without interference. Thin seedlings to three inches apart once they start getting crowded. Use scissors to snip the plants at the soil line. Dispose of the cuttings or use them in soups or salads. If you leave the cuttings in the garden, the scent can attract pests.
Carrots will mature in approximately 70 days.
Purple and red carrot varieties are very old and were cultivated in Afghanistan tenth century A.D.
A photo of my heirloom cosmic purple carrots is featured at Botanical Interests.
By Miss Lady Bug
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