How Do Your Carrots Grow?

Over the past two years I’ve grown six different varieties of carrots. I’ve grown purple carrots, giant carrots, miniature carrots, and even some “normal” carrots. So I thought I’d write a quick review the different varieties that I’ve grown and maybe you’ll want to try one or two in your garden next summer. So let’s jump right into it.

Parmex

In the first year I had my square foot garden, I tried this little fellow. The seed package had a picture of little golf ball like carrots, so I thought they would work great in my square foot garden, seeing as the soil in it is only six inches deep. I found the flavor to be a little lacking – not as sweet as your traditional carrot. They were also pretty awkward to peel, since they are so small. Overall I found them pretty useless. True, they were unique, but I don’t think I’ll grow them again.

Parmex Mini Carrots

Rating

For being too small to be useful, and lacking in flavor, I give the Parmex Carrot just 1 out of 5.

Rating: 1 out of 5

Scarlet Nantes

In 2006 my carrots grew very large. I’m not sure if it was the weather or the varieties I grew. Perhaps it was a combination of both. The Scarlet Nantes (pictured below on the right) was a pretty average carrot. It had good flavor and a cylindrical shape. Good for fresh eating (easy to make into carrot sticks).

Scarlet Nantes and Red Danver Carrots

Rating

For being an average carrot, I give the Scarlet Nantes 3 out of 5.

3 out of 5

Red Danver

This carrot (pictured in the previous picture on the left) was also a pretty average carrot. Most of our carrot eating was done right out of the garden, but my wife did cook the occasional carrot. Conical in shape and with a little bit nicer core flavor than the Scarlet Nantes, the Red Danver was my preferred carrot in 2006.

Rating

For being a little bit better than average, I give the Red Danver 4 out of 5.

4 out of 5

Purple Dragon & Purple Haze

Purple Haze Carrots

This past summer I planted two purple varieties of carrots – Purple Dragon and Purple Haze. I neglected to get any good pictures of them, but these are some pictures I found on elsewhere on the internet. The Purple Haze (pictured on left) had a very thin, purple-ish, almost dark pink skin with a very bright orange/yellow center. It didn’t have great flavor, although it was a little better than the Purple Dragon. Although it was a novelty to have a purple carrot, once you’ve peeling them, the Purple Haze carrots had no purple left to them. They looked like average carrots and tasted worse.

Purple Dragon Carrots

The Purple Dragon carrots (pictured above) had a much darker skin that was much thicker as well. You could peel the carrots and it would still be purple. This was a very cool carrot to put in salads and the like. However, it was not good to cook with anything else, as it would turn the water (if boiled) and anything else with it (like potatoes) purple – or rather an ugly black color.

Rating

For being a novel idea, but not all that useful, I give both purple varieties 2 out of 5.

2 out of 5

Sweetness III

Sweetness III is a very nice carrot. Very crisp, juicy and sweet. Again I have to resort to internet photos (and it isn’t a great picture), but I’ll be planting them again so perhaps I can update the photo next year. Good size, nice to peel – I can’t say enough good things about them.

Sweetness III Carrots

Rating

For a crispy carrot with great flavor, I give Sweetness III 5 out of 5.

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8 Responses to How Do Your Carrots Grow?

  1. David Unger says:

    Hello,

    I’m looking all over, trying to find Sweetness III carrot seed, to no avail. Do you have any idea where they could be purchased in Edmonton?

    Thank you

    Dave

  2. Dave says:

    The Sweetness III that I bought was from T & T Seeds out of Manitoba. I know William Dam Seeds in Ontario has Sweetness carrots as well. But I don’t know of any local places to buy those seeds. You can order the seeds online – I’m not sure how long it will take to get to you though.

  3. David Unger says:

    Hello,

    Thanks for your reply. I sort of suspected that I might have to order them, none of the the usual seed sources in Sask or Alberta seem to carry them, for some reason.

    Thanks

    Dave

  4. devyn.millette says:

    get more things on carrots

  5. Nat says:

    What do you do to prep your garden? Your carrots are huge! Mine look more like the first one, Parmex, but not as fat. I have clay in the garden since I do live in Alberta, but I dig at least 8-10 inches down and add soil and compost. Do you hill them?

    • Dave says:

      I don’t do too much to prepare my garden on a yearly basis, but I did make sure I had good soil when I first made my garden plot. I do rototill each spring and I have added peat moss on occasion. I don’t hill my carrots though. What part of Alberta do you live in? The further north you go the more sunlight you get (thus the bigger vegetables you can grow…)

  6. Nat says:

    carrots suck

  7. emmster says:

    carrots are so good :) i love tham

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