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Atomic Red Carrot Seed

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Atomic Red Carrot (75 days)

1/2  Gram Pkg/Approx. 650-750


Red carrot color madness!  This carrot is just so much fun and brings out the kid in everyone. 

It is red!  Yep, not orange, but RED!  Add the Atomic Red carrot to our Cosmic Purple carrot in a salad and the kids will think they are eating a bowl of Fruits Loops! 

It gets better though: the Atomic Red carrot gets its great color from healthful Lycopene.

Lycopene credited for helping prevent several types of cancer, and is a proven antioxidant.   Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, which may damage the body's cells. Ongoing preliminary research suggests that lycopene is associated with reduced risk of macular degenerative disease, serum lipid oxidation and cancers of the lung, bladder, cervix and skin.

Atomic Red carrot is at its best when cooked as this helps to make the lycopene more available to your body.  Atomic Red carrot has 10” long tapered roots.  Sure to please you and the kids! 

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1/4"-1/8" 400-1200 55-70 10-15 4" 2" 95 lb. Full

Planting Tips:

Plant in the spring in a well prepared bed free of rocks.  Scrape shallow furrows 1/4”-1/8“ deep and sow seeds directly, covering with a thin layer of soil.  Weeds can be a problem due to the long germination time - careful weeding is a must.  Thin to 2-3” apart once seedlings have come up.  For longer harvest, stagger plantings every 2-3 weeks.

Heirloom Carrot Climatic Requirements:  The heirloom carrot is a hardy, cool season crop that can be planted in the garden as soon as the organic soil can be prepared in the spring. Organic carrots require relatively large amounts of moisture and are not tolerant of drought. Prolonged hot weather in the later stages of development may not only retard growth but result in an undesirable strong flavor and coarseness in the roots. At the other extreme, prolonged temperatures below 55 degrees F tend to make the roots longer, more slender and paler in color than expected. The best temperature for highest quality organic roots is between 60 and 70 degrees F.

Soils:  Heirloom carrot plants thrive in deep, loose, well-drained soil. Avoid stony, cloddy or hard soils as they increase the likelihood of root defects. Because raised-beds usually have loose soil and receive little compaction from foot traffic, they are an ideal location to grow carrots. Heirloom carrot plants grow well at a pH range of 6.0 to 6.8.

Organic Fertilizers:  Most of the time a very well composted manure and a humus-laden soil is all you need to grow great organic carrots.  Heirloom carrots require large amounts of plant nutrient elements normally found is this mix, but sometimes need extra potassium, for good production.   On the flip side, too much manure applied just before seeding can result in forked roots. Better to wait till the tops are about 3 inches to apply more organic manure as a side dressing. 

Establishing:  Direct seed heirloom carrots into a well-prepared soil early in the spring. Suggested planting seed depth is 1/4 inch deep in rows spaced 12 to 18 inches or more apart depending on the method of cultivation used. It is important to avoid crusting of the soil around the seed-bed. Covering the seed with vermiculite or fine organic compost and keeping the soil evenly moist until the seedlings have emerged will help prevent this problem.  After the seedlings have emerged, thin them to one inch apart. When the tops of the carrots grow thicker, thin them to about two to three inches apart.

Heirloom seeds are hardy, but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture - don't let the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely, and don't overwater and possibly have them rot.



Amazing Braised Carrots

  • 1 ½ lbs carrots- peel and cut in half lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons sliced garlic-about 3 medium cloves
  • ½ cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg (optional)
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Pre-heat oven to 375°

Place carrots in single layer on a baking dish, and scatter the garlic slices throughout. 

Whisk the stock, oil and spices together and pour over the carrots and garlic.

Cover the dish tightly with foil to keep moisture inside.

Braise the carrots for 45 minutes until they are tender. Remove foil and continue to braise for an additional 15 minutes.



Carrot Top Salsa

Makes 2 cups
Concerned about eating carrot tops?  Here is what the recipe author has to say about the safety of eating carrot tops.  Click here to read here article on carrot tops
2 cups minced carrot greens (leaves and tender stems only)
3 tablespoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons minced fresh oregano
2 tablespoons minced jalapeño pepper
1 to 1 ¼ cups olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
Add all of the ingredients to a medium bowl and stir to combine. (Use more or less oil as desired, to make a chunkier or a thinner sauce.) Cover and let stand at room temperature overnight while the flavors intermingle. Carrot top salsa only gets better with age, so you’ll know it’s good when the carrot tops have turned a deep, muted shade of army green.
Decant the salsa into a jar and refrigerate. The oil may congeal in the cold temperature, but this will not affect the flavor. Bring the salsa to room temperature before serving.
This recipe was provided by The CSA Cookbook by Linda Ly.  This new cookbook is your go to for "no waste recipes for cooking your way through a community supported agriculture box, farmers market, or backyard bounty". 
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