65-75 days to maturity. A rich dark purple carrot, reminiscent of the ancient carrots of the Middle East. Purple/ Black carots were originally brought to Andalusia, Spain from North Africa in the 14th century along the silk road. Black carrots are still popular in the Malaga region, they are often sliced extra thin, eaten raw or baked into a stunning purple carrot cake. In Mallorca, the Black Carrot is cooked with stock and olive oil and creamed.
Earthy and spicy as opposed to sweet, it’s delicious roasted with other root veggies, making a nice color contrast of deep purple outside with white inside. It likes cooler weather, so plant early; in Zone 8 and warmer, plant in fall or winter.
If allowed to go to seed, it produces a lovely dark purple Queen Anne's Lace-type flower. Traditionally, carrots are biennial (flowers/ produces seed the 2nd year), but this carrot may flower the first year in the heat of deep summer. It likes cooler weather, so plant early; in Zone 8 and warmer, plant in fall or winter