Fabulous Varieties from India

by Randel Agrella

The black Pusa Asita carrot is one of our most popular carrots.

We're so pleased to offer a new class of root veggies—the Pusa series. Comprised at this time of two amazing carrots, Pusa Asita and Pusa Rudhira, and two radishes, Pusa Gulabi and Pusa Jamuni, the Pusa series features super-enhanced nutrition coupled with superior flavor. Healthful as well as lovely and delicious, these two varieties hail from India, and are the product of modern conventional vegetable breeding efforts in that country.


A man carefully steers his elephant down the street in India.

India, with its immense population, extraordinarily long history, rich cultural diversity, and wide range of climatic conditions, has been and continues to be a land of agricultural innovation. The country has been at the forefront of conventional agriculture, as the birthplace of the Green Revolution, and more recently is a major player in the regenerative agriculture movement as well, as popularized and exemplified by Dr. Vandana Shiva and her prominent NGO, Navdanya.


Dr. Pritam Kalia and his lovely wife visit the Gettle family at

Baker Creek in Mansfield, Missouri.


A major point-man of India's progressive, sustainable agriculture movement is Dr. Pritam Kalia, the award-winning head of Agricultural Science at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute. Also known as the Pusa Institute, for the city where it was founded in 1905, IARI is both a research and an educational  facility. Dr. Kalia has done lots of exciting work with a variety of agricultural crops, including cauliflower and broccoli. But right now, we're most excited about his incredible accomplishments with root vegetable—carrots and radishes.


The wildly popular purple and highly nutritious Pusa Asita Carrot.


We're thrilled to offer Dr. Kalia's colorful, nutritious and productive new carrot varieties: Pusa Asita and Pusa Rudhira. These carrots reflect Dr. Kalia's commitment to creation of public domain varieties of superior performance and characteristics. Both are exceedingly productive, according to Indian trials, dramatically surpassing production of standard varieties. And WHAT they produce is just as outstanding as HOW MUCH they produce. The intense coloration of the two varieties is indicative of enhanced anti-oxidant content.


Slices of the anthocyanin-rich Pusa Asita Carrot.


Pusa Asita is richly purple right to the core; the pigmentation means it's especially rich in anthocyanin content.


To purchase Pusa Asita Carrot Seeds go HERE



The Pusa Rudhira Carrot is loaded with beta carotene and lycopene!


Spicy Pusa Rudhira, with its red skin and mainly-red flesh, is strong in beta carotene and, we believe, lycopene, well known as a possible deterrent to certain forms of cancer.


To purchase Pusa Rudhira Carrot Seeds go HERE



The stunning Pusa Jamuni Radish is packed full of vitamins!


Equally exciting are the new radishes: Pusa Gulabi and Pusa Jamuni. Pusa Jamuni is stunning when sliced, because of its intensely purple flesh, rich in anthocyanins.


To purchase Pusa Jamuni Radish Seeds go HERE


The Pusa Gulabi is gorgeous full pink radish bred for high antioxidants.


Pusa Gulabi is equally splendid: its pink flesh is shot through with deeper crimson, full to bursting with anthocyanins and carotenoids.


To purchase Pusa Gulabi Radish Seeds go HERE



Sliced Jamuni and Gulabi radishes are simply stunning!


Both are winter radishes, to be planted in late summer, harvested in autumn or early winter, then stored for use. Together, these two revolutionary carrot varieties are a great ally to gardeners looking to increase food security, foodies concerned with the healthfulness of their diets,  and of course, to everyone who just loves a winter dish of sweet, flavorful root vegetables!


The Pusa Series was originally introduced to Baker Creek by Joseph Simcox, The Botanical Explorer!



To purchase seeds from the amazing Pusa Series click on one of the links below:


Pusa Asita Black Carrot

Pusa Rudhira Red Carrot

Pusa Jamuni Purple Radish

Pusa Gulabi Pink Radish