Carrot

Afghan Purple

  • Carrot Afghan Purple sliced
  • Carrot Afghan Purple trimmed roots

Egyptian cave paintings dating back to around 2000BC show what is thought to be purple carrots; the orange varieties we are familiar with today were not developed until the 16th century. Donated by the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, Virginia, USA, this purple carrot produces 20-25cm roots that, when sliced, reveal a bright yellow core. They have a more pronounced 'carroty' flavour than orange varieties, and also show some resistance to carrot root fly.

100 seeds
Carrot
Organic

John's Purple

  • Carrot John's Purple

Named after our donor who, in the 1970s, developed a pure line of purple carrots from four he found amongst a bag given to him for his rabbits by an allotment neighbour. He passed on some of his seeds to Horticulture Research International, now part of Warwick University, for their long-term preservation. With John's consent, some were released to us. John describes them as “crisp and flavoursome”.

100 seeds
Carrot
Organic

London Market

  • carrot London Market copyright Carol Baxter

Originally from Finland, this traditional early 'short horn' type carrot has very wide, stumpy, deep red-orange roots. Shows some resistance to both drought and carrot root fly. Guardian Anne St. John notes that they have a mild flavour and are good boiled, steamed or grated in salads. They freeze (un-blanched) and store well.

100 seeds
Carrot
Organic