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Cosmic Purple Carrot

Cosmic Purple Carrot

Carrot

$ 2.79

(Daucus carota)  Open-pollinated variety developed in 2005 produces 7-8" long carrots with vibrant purple outsides and orange centers.  Not as sweet as traditional carrots, but prized for its high levels of anthocyanin, beta carotein, and alpha carotein.  Juice them raw to ensure the maximum preservation of their healthful properties or gently steam to soften, while retaining most of the color.  58 days to harvest.  Approximately 150 seeds per packet.

CULTURE:  Plant seeds outdoors about 3-5 weeks before the last frost.  Prepare bed by tilling and removing any rocks.  Sow seeds in furrows 1/8" deep with rows 12-18" apart.  Keep soil moist until germination has occurred (10-21 days.)  Hint: To keep soil cool and moist during germination, carrot seed can be interplanted with radishes, which are harvested once the carrot seedlings are well established.  Thin seedlings to one every 3-4".  Successive plantings can be made every 2-3 weeks throughout spring and fall.

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attracted swallowtail caterpillars

I grew these outside in a modified wine box and they did well. After a few weeks I noticed caterpillars on the tops and identified them as swallowtails. The carrots are a beautiful purple with a bright orange core. They grew slowly but I planted them in Fall and tasked them with growing during the mild Bay Area, CA winter. I'll plant another round soon and I expect they'll be faster.


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