Carrot – Cosmic Purple – Daucus carota var. sativus
Cosmic Purple Carrots have a lovely, spicy-sweet flavor. This variety was developed by Dr. Philip Simon and staff at the USDA ARS in Madison, Wisconsin in 2005.
Packed with antioxidants and vitamin A, Cosmic Purple carrots have a sweet, satisfying flavour in soups, salads or when eaten raw. Cosmic Purple carrots, an open-pollinated variety, have a dark wine-coloured skin, but the interior is as orange as a regular carrot. Carrots grow best during the mild temperatures of spring and fall, and they develop root defects and an undesirable flavour if the weather gets too hot as the carrots develop. In the best conditions, Cosmic Purple carrots mature in 70 days or less.
Purple carrots contain the pigment anthocyanin; an antioxidant which helps prevent heart disease and stroke.
My Cosmic Purple Carrots Experiment:
The top pictures displayed is what I hope it will grow in my garden, at least that’s the plan!
My first attempt to grow purple carrots was with the Purple Dragon variety but I guess the seeds were bad as none germinated.
Second time around I bought the Cosmic Purple seeds and yes, it worked! It took almost a month for the seeds to germinate and little plants started growing. I have sowed the seeds in May, outdoors, in an open green house and it was a slow process for the plants to develop to the stage that they could be moved into the garden.
I have prepared the soil by combining organic soil with two types of organic growing compost and loads of sand to help the carrots grow straight. I bought deep pots from the ££ shop and each pot holds around 20 carrots. At the beginning of June, once the plants were moved into the larger pots in the garden, they’ve stopped growing. I hope the plants are focusing on developing strong roots for now making use of the extra room and they will continue to develop further but for almost 3 weeks I haven’t seen any growth. I wish I could see how the tiny carrots develop underground 🙂
Beginning of July looks promising: the carrots are finally growing! The plants are taller and stronger with more tiny leaves growing. Some died but I still have left around 70 carrots!
By the end of July the carrots have been growing for the past weeks, at least the leaves are growing as I cannot see underground…I did pull a carrot out just to see if it’s growing and it was disappointingly small so I guess it will take longer for the carrots to develop. I can see the shoulders of some carrots popping out and that’s a good sign!
At the end of August I can see the shoulders of most carrots popping out of the soil, good sign, that means the carrots are growing 🙂 As I was curious on how big the carrots are by now, I’ve pulled one out of the soil to see the outcome after just over 3 months… and what do I get?? A very naughty carrot! That’s what came out of the soil ha ha 🙂
Finally in September is time to harvest the carrots, at just over 90 days since were planted into the garden. To my disappointment, all carrots came out forked, bumpy or otherwise misshapen. I don’t believe it was pests or disease related so the cause could be of improper cultivation, maybe the soil was too compacted for the carrots to make their way through or/and they were planted too close to each other. It was an interesting experiment that I might repeat in 2018, but after extra careful research to make sure I will get perfect shaped carrots.
Deformed carrots are still tasty and have been used successfully in soups and stews where their appearance doesn’t count. I have also made a lovely juice of carrots and apples and the juice from these carrots was a dark purple colour with a sweet flavor.
Here’s the misshapen harvest of 2017.
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