‘Purple Dragon’ is a Danver’s type carrot with 15 to 20cm (6 to 8in) long, sweet crunchy roots. The roots are smooth and straight, with a sweet flavour and a slight hint of spice, it matures in 70 to 80 days. With a beautiful purple skin, the deep velvety exterior gives way to a starburst of brilliant orange at the core.
With their compelling health benefits and a thumbs-up from taste testers, Purple carrots have quickly established themselves as an interesting choice of many home growers. Launched in 2005, they originally caused a great stir at grower’s and farmers markets, adding much needed excitement to the meals of many children and adults alike who are fascinated by their wonderful colour.
The roots have a high antioxidant and vitamin content, so are best eaten raw. When sliced into “carrot coins”, they really show off their stunning colour scheme in beautiful displays of purple, orange and yellow, they look amazing in salads or as a steamed vegetable.
Sowing: Sow from Feb to June under cloches or fleece.
Carrot seeds are small, but it’s wise to plant them as thinly as possible. This reduces the amount of thinning necessary and potential risk from pests. Mix the seeds with a handful of sharp sand and sow the seeds and sand together. Sand will also aid drainage. Once the seedlings are showing their first rough leaves, thin to 5 to 7cm (2 to 3in) between plants.
Carrots can be grown all year round. Simply re-sow carrot seed regularly, every three of 4 weeks is ideal, for a year-round crop. An easy and rewarding crop to grow, carrots are great for encouraging children to eat their vegetables
How to Grow Carrots from Seed
Purple skinned Carrots add a touch of sparkle to the Sunday dinner or side salad. A refreshing change.
Before sowing carrots, remove any weeds and dig your soil to a fine tilth, breaking up any large lumps. Soil that has been manured within the last year, or manured and rested without growing a previous crop, is not suitable for growing carrots in. Carrots grow best in light, sandy soil they don’t do well in heavy, clay, stony, chalky conditions.