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Umbellifera Family (Roots)


Chantenay

Chantenay (C) has a 5”-6” root, about 2” at the top and tapering to a point. The roots are dark orange and good winter keepers.

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Price(s): $3.00, $10.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams, 10 grams
Rote Riesen

Rote Riesen is a large tasty good winter keeper. The German name translates to Red Giant.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Scarlet Horn

Carrots in Europe were originally yellow or white. Scarlet Horn claims to be the first orange carrot dating back to around 1610. The name does not come from the shape of the root but from the town of Hoorn (Netherlands) where this variety first grew. The root looks like a somewhat shorter Chantenay.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Scarlet Nantes

Scarlet Nantes is a cylindrical half-long coreless type, bright orange in colour and one of the best in flavour for fresh eating.

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Price(s): $3.00, $10.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams, 10 grams
Rumba

Rumba is a carrot that has a Nantes-type cylindrical blunt root.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Oxheart/Guerande

Oxheart, called Guerande in French, is a French variety dating from before 1884. The roots are short and thick and may reach 1lb. Good in shallow or heavy soils. Good flavour and stores well. Apparently not very uniform but we are looking at other samples of seed and hope to have something more uniform soon.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Dragon Purple

Dragon Purple has a blunt cylindrical root, with an orange interior and a thin purple skin.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Phalzer

Phalzer has a long yellow root.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Yellowstone

Yellowstone is a more uniform and better shaped carrot than Phalzer.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Belgian White

Belgian White has been around since at least the mid-1800’s. It has very long roots (often over 1’) which push themselves out of the ground several inches so the top part of the root is green. The roots don’t have as much flavour as orange roots and are usually used to feed rabbits and chickens as they also have a lot of bushy green top growth.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Short Thick

Short Thick parsnip has roots about as long as Hollow Crown but they taper very rapidly so most of the root is in the first 6”-8”.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 5 grams
Kral

Kral is called a round parsnip and it is true that their roots are shaped more like beets than parsnips, making them easy to pull. This is apparently an East European cultivar.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 3 grams
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