Carrot Atomic Red Seeds
Info: In the Middle Age carrots came in a wide variety of colours, but changed over time to orange thanks to the influence of patriotic Dutch growers who, in the sixteenth century bred the carrot orange to honour their national colours. Atomic Red is a lovely new variety that restores the former colours: beautiful scarlet-coral coloured carrot with long tapered roots, around 20cm in length. They are very crisp and strong flavoured and thrive in cooler weather. The carrots turn deeper red when steamed, roasted or baked. They are particularly suitable for stir frying and great for colouring up sushi and salads.
Sowing & cultivation: Sow from Feb under cloches or fleece. Can be sown outdoors as late as August. Sow them as thinly as possible, this reduces the amount of thinning necessary. Mix the seeds with a handful of sharp sand and sow the seeds and sand together. Plants should be kept well watered and carrots prefer a sandy, well-drained soil. Too much nitrogen will cause the carrots to grow hairy little roots all up and down the carrot.
|Botanical name||Daucus carota|
|Sowing||from Feb. in cold frames, from Apr to Aug outdoors|
|Location||Sandy, well-drained soil|