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Pusa Asita Black Carrot (75 seeds) (JS254) $4.50
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Pusa Asita Black Carrot

         
 
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This is the incredible work of Pritam Kalia in India. He has been extremely dedicated with his friends creating new open pollinated varieties for small farmers and subsistence growers so that they can have better nutrition. Pritam's work places him as an anomaly among plant breeders, who for the most part are overtly concerned with creating hybrids and seeds that are often off limits to the poor. Pritam focused his efforts on producing nutrient rich varieties. This Pusa Asita Black carrot is one of his masterpieces! So rich in Anthocyanins that it is practically black! This is an open pollinated marvel that you should try to produce your own seeds for because it is rare and precious. It seems especially well suited for the south because it is presumably better adapted to shorter days. It tastes richer than a regular "orange" carrot, and is likely much more nutrient packed with anti-oxidants! Simply Amazing, three cheers for Pritam Kalia! PLEASE Try to SAVE some of your carrots for SEED, AND THEN SHARE THEM!

 
Pusa Asita Black Carrot
Overall Rating:
         
4.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 15
Easy to Grow 3.5
EarlyMaturity 2.5

73.3% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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Nickname:
Glover Eggs
Location:
Las Cruces, NM, United States
Date:
July 26, 2015
          5.0
 
Good Carrots Good Dye
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Actually Grew

What are the cons? Too small

Review:

My carrots grew well. I always have difficulty with getting carrots to grow. I had pretty good germination on these. Other carrot seeds that I planted didn't come up, just these. About half of the plants bolted. I have collected a large bag of seeds. The plants that didn't bolt we have eaten They tasted good except that they were a little bitter. Since we have had temperatures in the 100's I don't think I can blame the bitterness on the carrots. Once thing to be warned about is that these carrots could be used as a natural blue dye. When you clean them, your hands will be blue. My sink was blue because I peeled the carrots. They had too many scars on them to not peel. The cutting board still has some blue on it after I scrubbed the wood. I mean these things are BLUE! I will be planting the seeds that I collected soon to try and get a fall crop.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

0 out of 0 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Sofia
Location:
Toronto, Canada
Date:
July 23, 2015
          4.0
 
Better with time
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? gorgeous and flavourful!

What are the cons? Took long to reach potential

Review:

An update to my previous disappointed review....a few weeks later, the carrots are looking and tasting much better! Maybe they needed a few really hot days or just a little more time, but they're now a gorgeous deep purple throughout and developed some sweetness that they were previously lacking. They're actually pretty great once the colour and flavour develop and I left a few in to save the seeds.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

0 out of 0 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
stargazer
Location:
Missoula, MT, United States
Date:
July 21, 2015
          5.0
 
Incredible Carrots
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? gorgeous all black-purple fles

What are the cons? low germination rate

Review:

I grew these for the first time this summer 2015 in Montana. They had a relatively low germination rate, I counted 300 seeds as I planted but less than 100 sprouted. They are amazing carrots though and I will definitely save some for seeds. They are all black-purple through and the taste is rich and yummy. When I harvest them they are covered with tiny roots but those wash off really easily and I wouldn't peel these beauties. I will water them even more I suppose. Delicious variety!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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0 out of 0 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Ethin
Location:
Hyrum, UT, United States
Date:
July 11, 2015
          1.0
 
Disappointed may try again
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? none

What are the cons? Male sterility present

Review:

Bought one packet, received a second packet from a different seed lot later to make up for the low germ rate of the first one. Germination rate for the first packet was 0%, the second packet still had low germination, only had six plants come up. Of the six, two where killed by bugs. Three of the four that are left have bolted, two of them are currently in bloom and I'm disappointed to report that they are male sterile and can't produce seed unless they cross with some other variety. Male sterility in carrots is passed from a mother to all of of her offspring, therefor I view male sterility as an undesirable and a detrimental trait. I plan to save the last one that has not bolted for seed next year, since these are described as coming from an open pollinated population there is a chance that it might not be sterile. If Baker Creek really wants this variety to survive they need to remove sterile plants from the population. I may give these a second chance in the future.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Sofia
Location:
Toronto, Canada
Date:
July 9, 2015
          1.0
 
Not as described
Easy to Grow 0.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? pretty on the outside

What are the cons? flavour, germination

Review:

Exactly the same results as Jeans but from zone 5/6 in Toronto (maybe I'm too north?). They tasted almost too carroty and not sweet at all. The core is pale yellow and the roots have mini root hairs all over, requiring that they be peeled to be palatable. Once they're peeled, the beautiful purple exterior is all gone! I loved the idea and was hoping to save seeds to help preserve this unique variety, but I don't think I'll be growing this carrot in my zone again. Hopefully those in the South have better success!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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