Atomic Red Carrot

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Atomic Red Carrot from Mary’s Heirloom Seeds

I harvested the rest of my Atomic Red Carrots from Mary’s Heirloom Seeds today! Mary sent a  wonderful selection of seeds this spring to review, and I’m having lots of fun testing some varieties I’ve never grown before. I’ve already shared my reviews on Royalty Purple Podded Beans, Black Beauty Zucchini, 5 Color Silver Beet Swiss Chard, and Pink Oxheart tomatoes.

Great Color!

These carrots are a wonderful shade of reddish orange and have a great carrot flavor. They tend to be a long, thin carrot, similar to the ones you buy in the grocery store. Since my garden soil is rather high in clay and is chock full o’ rocks, these poor carrots had a tough time growing straight and pretty. The Danvers Half Long can handle the poor soil conditions better than the long, thin varieties that look so amazing in all of the seed catalogs.

This doesn’t mean I’ll give up on growing the Atomic Red Carrots! I’m hoping to fix up a raised bed with better soil that will be more conducive to growing them next year. The flavor and color is so good, I’m willing to put in a little extra effort to grow them again.

If you have a light loamy or sandy soil, you will enjoy growing these carrots in your garden! Now that I’ve tried red carrots, I’m tempted to order seeds for some of those wild looking purple carrots! How fun to shred them up in a salad for a different color. 🙂

 

Have you tried carrots that are an unusual color? What is your favorite variety of carrot?


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2 comments on “Atomic Red Carrot

  1. Widgy Cat

    We have always grown “unusual” colored veggies in our garden. It helps interest the neighborhood children in how food grows and encourages our picky eater to try the veggies. We usually grow Scarlet Nantes because they are so reliable but I think my favorite is Thumbelina (maybe it is the name) because they are so cute and round. Hard to prepare for a large meal but otherwise great flavor and lots of fun.

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    1. Lisa Lynn Post author

      Hi Widgy Cat,
      I like Thumbelina and Scarlet Nantes too…yummy carrots! I’m always tempted to try the unusual veggies…but have to be careful about how many seeds I order. Guilty admission…I’m addicted to seeds and chickens. 😉 But I only have so much garden space and I want to be sure I have room for the tried and true varieties! But now I really want to try some new things…like purple cauliflower and golden beets, so many choices!

      I’m glad it is helping get kids interested in eating veggies…So important for good health. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your experience! Happy harvesting 🙂

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