~ CARROT Seeds ~
Carrots are ready to harvest in about 3 to 4 months from sowing.
'Giant Red' Dark Orange Carrot
The flesh is sweet without bitterness, while still retaining a good 'carrotty' flavour, and the core is much reduced. Great both cooked and raw. Good both for early crops as it grows quickly, but also for maincrop sowings and storage over winter.
Quick, large table carrot . Young specimen in photo doesn't do it credit - they get MUCH bigger!
Order CtGR - About 400 seed £
'Jaune Obtuse de Doubs' Yellow Carrot
Most people don't realise that orange carrots are a modern invention. Carrots naturally come in a range of colours - white and yellow from Europe, and purple from the Middle East where agriculture originated about 11000 years ago. (The orange ones are actually a recent cross between the groups in the past couple of hundred years. )
Anyways, the point is that yellow is a perfectly sensible colour for a carrot! This old traditional French variety has yellow roots with blunt ("obtuse") tips that are easy to dig up with no risk of snapping, and a good strong (but sweet) carrot taste.
Yellow carrots look great sliced or grated in salads, and they stay yellow when cooked.
Traditional yellow carrot , good flavour.
Order CtJO - about 400 seed £
'Blanche a Collet Vert' White & Green Carrot
White, green tops, long and pointy, less attractive to carrot fly.
Order CtBC - about 400 seed £
'Dragon Purple' Carrot
A beautiful purple carrot - just as they would have looked when they were first domesticated in the Middle East thousands of years ago. This variety is fairly sweet and they have a decently strong 'carrot' flavour.
Purple, orange flesh inside.
Order CtDP - about 250 seed (rare seed, so a slightly smaller packet, but this is still a lot of carrots) £
'Touchon' Carrot - SWEET , STORES WELL
This is a quick-gowing heirloom variety of orange carrot from France, dating from the late 1700’s. It is still a favourite with many growers (after 200 years) because it has a fine crisp texture and an excellent sweet flavour.
The roots don’t taper much and are quite blunt-tipped. It is a particularly good one to choose for winter storage as it stays sweet for several months after lifting from the ground. But also a great carrot for use fresh, as it has such a good flavour.
To store carrots, it is pretty easy, just lift in autumn once the weather has cooled, but before heavy frost as this can damage the roots. Trim the foliage and sort out any damaged ones to use straight away. Store the perfect roots in layers in sand, sawdust or dry potting compost making sure they don't touch one another. Stored in a cool but frost free place (eg a garage) they will happily keep through to the following spring.
Good keeper, early & tasty.
Order CtTo - about 400 seed £
D'Eysines Carrot (HUGE FAT CARROTS)
They are a good orange colour throughout, including the core, with a good flavour and medium-sweet taste. Early in the season they are long and thin much like any other orange carrot, but later they get incredibly fat, with a unique conical shape.
We included it in our carrot trials for the first time in 2003, and in the end because it makes such very fat roots, it gave one of the highest yields of the lot!
Traditional carrot from France. Also known as the Luc Carrot. High yielding with good flavour.
Order CtDE - about 400 seed £
"Manchester Table" Carrot
We’re delighted to reintroduce this after a long time in our seedbank - we first got this great carrot from a private collection back in 2001, and have been carefully maintaining it since, but this is the first year we’ve brought it back into production for the catalogue.
This seed crop produced and carefully selected for us by Jen Boncyk over the past two years on her family smallholding.
Really tasty, really rare.
Order CtMT - about 200 seed £
Lisse de Meaux (LONG, GOOD FOR STORAGE)
We like it because as well as tasting good, it is very long-keeping once harvested, getting even sweeter in storage.
Order CtLM - about 400 seed £
Saving Carrot Seed:
Carrot seed is fairly easy, provided you don't have
any wild carrot ('Queen Anne's Lace') growing nearby.
Carrots flower in their second year, so you need to
dig up your carrots in Autumn.
Make sure you choose ones that are true-to-type: right colour, shape & size. You can even test the taste by slicing off the tip!
If your area has cold winters, store them in sand or
sawdust in a cool but frost-free place, and plant out in spring.
You can plant them quite close together, so 40 needn't
take up much space.
The next summer they will flower (to about 5 foot high!)
... and seed is ready in autumn. Just rub the seed
off when it is mostly brown.
Basic seed-saving instructions are included with your seeds, so you can do this yourself.
There are more detailed home-seed saving guides (printable) over to the left of this page,
in the box titled 'SeedSaving', with sheets on drying and storing your seed too.
And of course, seed-saving is only possible because these are all real, non-hybrid varieties.