Nantes Scarlet Carrot Seeds - (Daucus carota var. sativus)
- Seed Count:
- Approx 500 seeds per pack
- Days to Maturity:
- 65-75 days
- Days to Germination:
- 6-21 days @ 50-75F
- Plant Spacing:
- Light Preference:
- Full sun
- Soil Requirements:
- Light, sandy or humus, well drained soil
- Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
Nantes Scarlet Carrot - Flavor and a Big Crunch
Bright red-orange flesh is crisp, sweet, and delicious with a high sugar content, fine grained with almost no core. Average 6 - 7” long with blunt ends and small to medium tops. Also known as Early Coreless and Scarlet Nantes Coreless. Developed around the town of Nantes, France and introduced to the United States in the mid 1900's. A favorite choice for juicing due to its high moisture content.
Prefers light, loose soils with plenty of added organic matter and good drainage. For successful growing in hot weather layer mulch around leaf shoots once established to keep roots cool.
Carrots originated in Europe and Central Asia. The first cultivated variety had branching purple roots and is believed to have been developed in Afghanistan. It migrated to the Mediterranean in the 14th century and then northwards. The orange varieties were developed in the Netherlands in the 17th century.
Coarsely or finely grated carrots are eaten raw as a salad. They are one of the most widely used vegetables they are cut, sliced, diced, cooked, steamed or juiced. Carrots are included in soups and stews and used in sauces and stocks.
Give carrots a good twist when you pull them up so that the leaves do not break off in your hand, but once they are up, cut off the leaves right away. Carrot tops may look pretty, but they keep growing and draw moisture and nourishment out of the roots, leaving them limp, wrinkled and tasteless.
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My carrots have done very well this year, in fact I planted more for the fall. They are very flavorful and great in soup or just good to eat raw. I recommend these year after year, you will not be disappointed at all. Proven winners in my book.