Get great results growing carrots in the garden or garden containers particularly baby carrots, imperator carrots, chantenay carrots, nantes carrots and purple carrots.
Growing carrots as a staple food has been going on for thousands of years. In fact, historians believe that the ancient peoples of Afghanistan were growing carrots approximately 5,000 years ago. Growing carrots for the table actually started with the wild carrot, a small, bitter white root that was barely edible and not worth growing in a garden. Over the centuries it gradually was bred into the fatter, orange carrot we grow in the garden and garden containers today. On the way however, many other colors appeared including purple and yellow carrots.
The wild carrot still grows in a few remote regions of the world today, which is important for geneticists wanting original strains of this plant species. Today’s domestic orange carrot has been modified for taste and shape; some are grown short and without taper so more carrots can be packed in a box for cost effective shipping. Other carrots are bred long and slender for retail consumers shopping in the produce department of their local supermarket.
Growing carrots in our garden or garden containers has been a practical way to get a wide spectrum of nutrients needed to maintain a healthy body. Natures wonder food; growing carrots contain a significant amount of Vitamin A and Folate. Carrots have the most Potassium, Phosphorous and Calcium of any other vegetables. They also contain omega 6 fatty acids, which are extremely good for you.
Growing carrots is a favorite pastime for gardeners from around the world and with so many types of carrots to choose from, it is small wonder that most gardeners grow more than one type in their garden and garden containers. Choose types of carrots like Imperator carrots, Nantes carrots, Chantenay carrots, Purple carrots and Baby carrots.
Baby carrots are divided into two types; small tender miniature carrots which are young not fully matured bigger carrots and manufactured carrots which are cut and trimmed to a uniform shape. The first types of baby carrots are the real baby carrots that grow in a garden and are the best tasting. The latter are made from stored carrots, usually with imperfections.
Imperator carrots are a wonderful long and slender light orange carrot that as a rule only reaches its full potential in the garden. Some say they are the best tasting carrots. Commercial carrot growers prefer Imperator carrots because it produces high yields and more carrot per pound per plant making them more profitable per acre to produce.
Chantenay carrots are distinguished by their short, stubby appearance. Chantenay carrots are grown primarily for the food processing industry for soups and frozen meals. They are popular to grow in garden containers because they are small.
Nantes carrots are also a popular carrot because of its sweet taste. Nantes carrots are almost cylindrical in shape, and round off at the end rather than tapering off. More sugars accumulate in the center of the carrot, giving Nantes their sweet taste. These types of carrots are the most popular to grow in the garden and garden containers.
Purple carrots are seen, as more a novelty than other types of carrots, however it wasn’t that long ago when all there were was purple carrots. If you want to add some color to your plate than grow a few purple carrots in the garden.