Carrot 'Cosmic Purple'

Daucus carota ssp. sativus 'Cosmic Purple'

Carrot, Wortel (Afr.)

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Carrots produce large edible taproots that can range in colour from white to yellow, red and purple depending on the variety. Cosmic Purple is an orange to yellow carrot with a purple exterior. Although purple coloured carrots have been cultivated in Afghanistan, Turkey and Middle East since about 900 A.D., this variety was released in 2005 in the United States. Slightly spicier than normal carrots, they are delicious and can be eaten raw or cooked.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

Harvesting

Cosmic Purple carrots mature in 70 days, and can be harvested as soon as they have reached the preferred size.

Propagation

Seed

Direct sow, 1 cm deep, in drills 30 cm apart. Germination will take 10 to 20 days Sowing time: Spring/Summer.

Special features

Origin

USA (Released in 2005)

Natural climate

Cool climate

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Edible

The taproot is edible and good for eating fresh, as well as sautéing or steaming. Cooked carrots retain their purple colour.

Medicinal

Carrots is believed by the Ancient Greeks to be a stomach tonic, it is still widely used in health drinks or juices, particularly for its high levels of vitamins (particularly vitamins A and E).

Notes

Culinary

Personality

Family

Apiaceae

Problems

Covering plants will keep carrot root flies at bay. Carrots can suffer from Thielaviopsis basicola (Black Root rot), Xanthomonas campestris pv. carotae (Leaf blight) and Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (White mould)

Companion plants

Lettuce, onions, radish, tomatoes, basil, parsley, rocket
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