Growing Carrots: Carrot Varieties, Soil Conditions and Harvest Times
Growing carrots is enjoyable and each carrot variety packs a nutritious, flavorful punch.
Like the lycopene compounds in ‘Nutri-Red’ and other red carrots, the anthocyanin pigments in ‘Dragon,’‘Purple Haze’ and other purple carrots do double duty as antioxidants, which help prevent cancer and slow the effects of aging. ‘BetaSweet’ Carrots are pictured here.
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John Navazio — who holds a doctorate in plant breeding and genetics — regards ‘Red Core Chantenay’ as one of his favorites, because it is a “full-flavored variety with true carrot flavor, or a balance of sweet and savory.”
White ‘Kuttiger’ and yellow ‘Yellowstone’ carrots look stunning when combined with orange, red or purple carrots, but nutritionally they rank far below their more colorful counterparts.
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Light-colored carrots tend to have a crisp, juicy texture. 'Sweet Sunshine' carrots are pictured here.
By planting several varieties of carrots, you’ll enjoy a multicolored harvest and benefit from each variety’s different nutrients.
‘Kinbi’ (yellow) and ‘Nelson’ (orange) carrots.
Carrots are biennials, so they usually don’t flower and set seed until their second season.
If you’d like to grow some deliciously sweet carrots, try the miniature ‘Thumbelina.’
If you’d like to grow some deliciously sweet carrots, try ‘Royal Chantenay.’
You don’t have to be a seed saver to enjoy carrots’ beautiful blooms.