Monday, October 11, 2010

Garden review: Dragon carrots

I've never tried very hard to grow carrots for two reasons. First, carrots are one of the cheapest vegetables to buy, even organic carrots, so there has never been a financial incentive. Second, I never was a big fan of carrots. They were okay, but honestly, I only ate them because I knew they were good for me.

This is what happens when you don't thin carrot seedlings enough.
Two carrots wrapped around each other.
They were still perfectly delicious for eating.
Well, that has now changed! I planted a four-foot row of dragon carrots in the garden this year, and we've only started to harvest them, because they're slow to germinate and grow, but I am in love. I never knew a carrot could taste so delicious with absolutely nothing on it. Normally, I dip raw carrots in a ranch dressing, and I dress up cooked carrots with butter and sometimes brown sugar. But I just can't get enough of these lovely little gems, and I don't even care if there is anything on them. They're so sweet and have absolutely no hint of bitterness, which is what I don't like about store-bought raw carrots.

And it's just a bonus that they're a beautiful reddish-purple color on the outside. They are yellow and/or orange inside, which makes for a beautiful presentation on your plate.

I purchased the seeds from Seed Savers Exchange, and we'll definitely be planting more of these next year! We'll be planting a lot more!

Thanks to Katherine for the photos!


SkippyMom said...

I have always thought that carrots tasted like candy - I love them [and we only buy the regular ones in the store - the mini carrots don't have any flavor that I can discern]

These are lovely. I wonder if our farmer's market would have them?

LindaG said...

They look great. Thanks for the review. :)

Wendi said...

Those look amazing! They would be a big hit with my children. I think we're going to have to find them for next year.:o)

Luke said...

Hi Deborah, it looks like I'm 2 years late to the table here, but just wanted to say that I love the photos (and the idea of homesteading).

The pictures are great, especially the one of the two carrots intertwined.


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