Scarlet Nantes carrot is an orange crisp, root vegetable, however purple, red, white, and yellow varieties do exist. This variety is said to adapt easily to soil conditions, though prefers loose, sandy soil for proper root development. Carrots are rich in antioxidants and minerals. They also provide a good source of Vitamin A and contain almost no starch. Lack of Vitamin A can cause poor vision which is remedied by increasing the amount of Vitamin A in ones diet.
Bright, scarlet-orange root with lacy green shoots
Seasonal preference: Spring
Germination duration: 14 days
Germination conditions: Light
Days to maturity: 85 to 90 days
Companion plants: Parsnips, Radishes, Strawberries, Peas, Lettuce, Chives, Onions, Leeks, Rosemary, Sage
Incompatible plants: Unknown
Seed description: Tiny black
First leaves description: Tiny blade like grass
True leaves description: Lacy shoots
Thinning time: When 3 true leaves are present
Final spacing: 3 to 4-in
Plant height: 18 to 22-in
Plant spread: 2-in
Root depth: 8-in
Light preference: Full sun
Moisture preference: Well-drained
Soil preference: 7.0 pH; cool, sandy
Produce size: 7-in
Produce yield: 1
Flavor: Sweet, crisp
Use a garden fork to loosen the roots and pull them from the soil. Trim leaves 1 inch above roots.
Fresh (Raw), Fresh (Cooked), Canned, Frozen
The best place to store carrots is in the ground. In colder climates the tops will die back when cold weather hits. Cover them with 6˝ to 12˝ of mulch (this needs to be deep to prevent the ground from freezing). The roots actually get sweeter in cold weather, as some of their starch is converted into sugar. If you aren’t going to eat the roots quickly, you should remove all but 1˝ of the tops, as these drain moisture from the root. If you are going to store the roots for any length of time, you should leave them in the sun for several hours to kill the root hairs.
To store freshly harvested carrots, twist off the tops, scrub off the dirt under cold running water, let dry and seal in airtight plastic bags, and refrigerate. If you simply put fresh carrots in the refrigerator, they'll go limp in a few hours.
Carrots can also be stored in tubs of moist sand for winter use.