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2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? Delicious, interesting flavor
What are the cons? Didn't keep great
I meant to review these 3 months ago when my opinion was more current. I ordered these for 2017 and received some Cosmic Purple as an extra from Baker Creek, and they were both good, though my family liked these a bit better than Cosmic Purple. Our soil is clay so they didn't grow especially long, probably 5 inches at the longest. Partly due to my impatience in harvesting and partly to a hot summer, the majority were 2 to 3 inches long. I didn't fertilize at all so that likely affected the size. I had little trouble keeping the purple exterior intact, but the cross-section definitely showed a lot of orange. Flavor was good raw and cooked, in Thai yellow and green curries and in Indian pullaos (rice, onions, carrots, peas and spices); in the pullaos they colored the dish somewhat purple. Definitely 70 days to harvest here in zone 8a. I'll definitely try these again in 2018 and thereafter.
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4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? Delicious and Beautiful
What are the cons? Time
I have been growing these for the past two years and haven't found a better one to replace it with. Love the taste. Just takes a long time before harvesting these. I was still digging these up after the first frost and had no affect on the taste or texture. Great for canning as well. I also like growing cosmic purple carrots as well.
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? very pretty tasted good
What are the cons? slow, does not keep well
3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? Grew in clay
What are the cons? Dislikes, none!
Planted second week in July. Harvested a bumper crop November 27th. Good substantial size. Only 1 forked out. Didn't consistently water. Had to carefully use a shovel to dig them out of the clay. Supernatural carrots. Thanks for the free seed packet Bakers Heirloom!!!
What are the pros? Everything!
What are the cons? Long maturity
I can't say enough good things about these! They're the most reliable carrot we've grown, and we trailed around 16 types of carrots this year, spring, summer, fall, and now continuing into winter. The germination rate is phenomenal - probably 80% where our other varieties were the normal 40% we get in our raised carrot beds. The only other variety that germinated that well was the Pusa Asita.
The flavor and growth is consistent no matter the temperature or the rain, they've been unstoppable. No splitting, no bitterness, no issues whatsoever. They take longer to mature than the usual carrot, but who cares when you're able to pull a carrot in July that tastes the same as the carrot you pull after frost in October?
I agree with other comments, this carrot has a very distinct "carrot spice" undertone to its flavor when eaten raw. I love it, but for those who don't, cook it! It's amazing tossed in olive oil and broiled.