Colored carrots currently
are all the rage, yet have been around for centuries. In fact, the first
carrots grown in medieval Asia and Europe and possibly ancient Egypt,
were purple! After losing out to orange carrots long ago, purple carrots
have been rediscovered. Kids will love them as a colorful snack. High
in vitamin A and anthocyanin (an antioxidant).
When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks before average last frost. Successive sowings every 3 weeks until 60 days before first fall frost. In climates with lows above 25° F, grow all winter.
When to start inside: Not recommended
Harvesting: Harvesting can begin as early as 70 days, or at 3/4 maturity. Sweet and already with purple color at that stage. Do not allow carrots to get larger than normal size (6"-7" long). Late summer planted carrots are very sweet if harvested after first couple of light fall frosts, but before heavy frost. In climates where temperatures dont fall below 20° F, with protection, carrots can be left in ground for storage and harvested as needed.
Artist: Carolyn Crawford