Mandy's Greenhouses / Carrots
Welcome to our world of wonderful Carrots!
Bugs Bunny never had it so good! Whites, yellows, gold, purple, deep orange and bi-colors!
Great varieties for the wee sweet tooth. (Did you know that if you left “any” carrot variety to “chill” in mild sub-zero weather for 2 weeks minimum, that they will in turn become sweeter?) Lots to choose from with less sugar for Diabetic diets. We also offer some shorter versions for clay soils. All for sandy soils of course! Everyone agrees…one of the best raw “anytime” vegetables from adults right to grandchildren. No refusals here!
Most packets will be $2.50 unless otherwise indicated.
- Amarillo – almost all carrots originated in Afghanistan. Sweet yellow root has a flavor different from orange carrots. Rare. Limited quantities…
- Atomic – originating in India & Japan. The color comes from Lycopene, a healthy compound also found in tomatoes. Red carrots contain Lycopene in high amounts, which is instrumental in the prevention of heart disease. Pinkish red when harvested, they turn a deep blood red when cooked. Becoming sweeter & tender with age! 70-75 days Becoming quite rare…limited $3.00
- Autumn King – New for 2013! A large stump rooted variety, that will perform excellently in storage. Very reliable and high yielding. Will do quite well in cooler weather. Imperator type. Can be harvested at 75 days, but will develop larger and become sweeter, when left to 120 days.
- Belgium White – Records indicate this one has been in existence since mid 1800’s. It has very long roots (often over 1 ft !) which push themselves out of the ground several inches and thus form green shoulders. Roots are not as sweet (great for diabetic diets) or as much flavor as the orange roots, but produce very well. Well enough to feed ALL your rabbits…horse…& chickens! Stores well.
- Berlicum - Known to be very popular in Europe, because of their excellent flavor and their ability to stay tender and not get woody. Lovely deep orange roots are approx. 8″ long, extra smooth with a blunt ends. Perfect for vegetables sales.
- Brilliance – a coreless variety that just happens to be high in beta-carotene content, making these very deep orange, as well as healthy! Nantes type.
- Chantenay Red Core – this variety was introduced in 1989! (Not exactly a heirloom) It is a large stump-rooted carrot with a deep red/orange center. Great for juicing and fresh eating. (Not diabetic diets…because of its high sugar content) Heavy yielder in clay soils, with a blunt end. 6” to 7” long. Fine textured. Sweetness increases 2 fold in cold fall weather. Great for winter storage and freezing. 62-74 days $2.00
- Cosmic Purple – Framers’ markets have become more exciting since this variety moved in! Fun new carrot with its purple/red skin and orangy/yellow core. Flavor is sweet and spicy. Roots are approximately 8” in length. Very Limited….$3.00
- Danvers Half Long – the original “Danvers Half Long” dates back to the 1870! Market growers/gardeners featured it near Danvers, Massachusetts in 1871. One strain was imported in 1940. An old American carrot that is dependable, adaptable AND sweet! Deep orange, tapered, thick roots of 7” have good flavor & are very productive. Fine grained. Grows well in heavy soils and performs excellent in cold storage. 66-72 days $2.00
- Deep Purple - I am very excited to introduce a variety of carrots that are not only very deep purple on the outside, but this same exciting color is right through to the core! Roots are 10-12″ long, slimmer than our Danvers. Have heard that the original carrots from Turkey appeared much like this…called Black Carrots being almost true black all the way thru. Can you imagine staining your tongue and teeth on these juicy morsels and then showing someone how ill you really are?! $3.00…..Sold out!
- Gold King Select – Stumpy 6” roots. If you have impervious soil, this one should produce a fine crop for you. Great for mass production. Good for canning (pickles) and freezing as well. N/A
- Kuroda – oriental variety. Giant tapered roots, about 7” long & 2 – 3” wide. Disease and heat resistant. Roots mature to 500g (1lb) or larger, without losing sweetness and flavor. Should be seeded thinly right from the start. Does exceptionally well in all soils. (This I can tell you from personal experience!) 70 days
- Kuttiger White – (aka Blanche de Kuttigen) White varieties were common in Europe in the 1700’s. Made a come-back as a gourmet delicacy (20th century) mild, sweet, creamier from all the white. 6 to 8” long. One of the nicest shape for a white carrot…very similar to good orange types. Have lost this great variety. If anyone has any seed…like about 100 fresh seeds I would be very grateful. 70 days N/A
- Muscade – back for 2013. A rare form from North Africa. Yielding blocky roots that can grow to 7″. These are deep orange, crisp with a crunchy texture and excellent flavor.
- Oxheart – rare heirloom from France from before 1884. A densely textured, short, stubby carrot. Broad top tapering into a pointy root tip…just like an oxheart! Good flavor, raw or cooked. Good source of fiber, potassium and Vitamin A. Can grow to 1 lb. each. Stores well in a root cellar. Suited to heavy soils and new gardens, which haven’t been cultivated deeply enough. 65-85 days Am presently testing my seed for “true-ness”…N/A
- Paris Market – New for 2012! (aka Parisienne) It would seem the French offered this one in the 19th Century. A super cute, very uniform across the variety, perfect ball type of 1 1/2″ in diameter. Skin is smooth and taste is sweet with slightly more fiber than some others. Crop is early because of its size. Would perform perfectly in pots!
- Phalzer Yellow – Wow! 2010 proved great for this one. Loved the amber/yellow, smooth skinned look of these. Roots were not too long like some of the white forms tend to do. No green crowns and slightly tapered in at the top, as was at the bottom. Flavor was better than I expected…quite sweet for a heirloom yellow.
- Purple Dragon – Purple carrots were grown by Ancient Egyptians, Romans and the Chinese. This one refined by Dr. John Navajio, originally from China. Maybe more successful in colder northern regions as they develop poorly in the heat of the south. May need more moisture than some others. (Plant on the north side of a corn row…) These are deep purple skinned on the outside and orange on the inside. Sweet and spicy. A “fun” variety, so have “a go” at it! 90 days
- Purple Haze – roots are 10-12” long, tapered like Imperator. Smooth, deep purple/black skin hiding a bright orange center. Cooking dissolves some of the purple color! Best served raw. Sweet flavor. Different. 70 days. Limited…$3.00
- Purple Rain – New for 2010 ! Here is a (F1) purple/black (inside & out) variety more darker than “Purple Dragon”. Also appeared longer and slimmer in form. N/A
- Red Elephant – an older English variety from the 1800’s. Roots are super dark orange, almost red. A Chantenay type that just happens to be a great winter keeper. N/A
- Rumba – Unknown history. This variety is a refined Nantes type with a cylindrical blunt root and deep orange flesh. Great storage quality. N/A
- Scarlet Nantes – History unknown. Cylindrical roots of 7” long by 1½” wide. Bright reddish/orange flesh, fine grained texture, nearly coreless, sweet, crisp with great flavor. Freezes well, stores well (in sand) and is a fine juicer. The entire variety is quite uniform. 67-70 days $2.00
- Snow White – Pretty white roots with green shoulders. Compared to other whites…very mild and sweet. Nice raw or cooked. Very worth trying. 75-80 days
- St.Valery/James Scarlet – A heirloom, as mentioned by Vilmorin’s of France in 1885, as having been around for a “long time”. A sweet carrot that can grow 10 to 12” long. (Mine which I trialed were much shorter – in fact they happened to be the shortest of the lot!) Very productive with a small core and small leaves. 50-80 days.
- Titan – a uniform Nantes type that offers bright orange skin & flesh. The variety resists cracking, even after much heat and later a lot of rain in the season. Intense orange color in the carrot kingdom, indicates high carotene, which converts its wonderful Vitamin A for our body’s benefit. N/A
- Tonda di Pardi – (aka Tonda di Parigi) Another French heirloom…possible contributing parents of “Thumbelina”. Round baby carrots with deep orange, sweet flesh. Harvest when roots are 1” to 2” deep and long. When overly mature, the fiber content definitely increases! (They become harder to bit!) Great in super hard heavy soils or where the ground was barely worked.
- White Lunar – (aka Lunar White) Documentation shows white carrots being around since the mid 1700’s. And until now, were becoming very rare. In early times, this “Open pollinated” variety was used as animal fodder. (To me this seems such a waste, as they are quite tender and grow to great lengths) Their only draw-back, is their inherent lack of tremendous sugar! (We have been conditioned to believe that sugar in vegetables (namely carrots, peas & corn) is the premium level of taste. In my humble opinion, sugar masks the great flavor!) This one is a vigorous producer with creamy 8” + white roots that are very mild and delicious, with fine flavor. Very small core. 60-70 days N/A
- White Satin – A pure white (F1) smooth carrot. Does not have the green shoulders of the “Belgium White“, nor does it grow as large. Tender and sweet…great for variety in fresh eating. $3.00
- Yellow “Solar” – an “Open pollinated” variety believed to be the same as “ Belgium Yellow”, mentioned in Peter Henderson’s Catalogue of 1886. Origination may have been from the Middle East. By the 14th Century, this type was found to have spread to Southern Europe. Roots are bright yellow, 6” – 7”, thick and sweet. One of the shortest, yellow heirloom carrot varieties. 70-75 days $3.00
- Yellow Sun – a variety of yellow (F1) carrot that appears quite similar to Phalzer, with a hint more pure yellow. Roots are wider at the shoulder, shorter and tapered. An attractive var. with great potential for de-hybridizing and finding some great yellow carrot genetics here. It has come to my attention that any variety of vegetable can experience “burnout” (lacks energy in germination and appearance…) if there is not enough genetics saved in the bunch. Purists suggest that at least 40 + roots be saved from various lots in the carrot connection. Be aware of Queen Anne’s Lace in the “one mile” or less vicinity. If it crosses, your next generation will be rendered woody & useless. Also recommended to grow only one variety AND keep it away from all others for at least a mile. $3.00
- Yellow Pak – another in the “yellow” (F1) carrot world. Different from “Yellow Sun“, as it is very long and slim AND very bright yellow. Tender and delicious. $3.00
Within these pages you will find some of the most unusual vegetables (plants and seeds) from all corners of the globe, as you will not find anywhere else! Welcome...be amazed and enjoy!