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organic carrot seedChantenay Red Cored Carrot (70 days)

A Golden orange carrot that is 5"-7" long and 2" in diameter.  Chantenay Red Cored is known for its ability to handle relatively heavy soils and still produce.  Resist splitting and forking. Reliable.  Chantenay Red Cored makes a good storage carrot.

1932  Dupoy & Ferguson Seed Company says ...
"The tops are shorter and the foliage finer cut than regular Chantenay. However the tops are not brittle and are strong enough to bunch easily. The roots are refined in appearance with small collars, are evenly stumped and have very small rat-tails. The surface of the root is smooth and free from large eyes and side rootlets. The exterior color is a rich orange, decidedly deeper than the ordinary run of Chantenay. The cores are small and nearly the same as the flesh. The roots grow about 5.5-6" long, are 2-2.5" in diameter at the shoulder, and are broad at the bottom, often being 1.25-1.5" just above the rat tail. It possesses all the advantages attributed to Nantes for slicing or for dicing in soups and salads. For market gardener and shipper."

1936 James Seed Company says...
"One of the best general purpose carrots. Roots are slightly tapering and abruptly stump rooted, 6 inches long and 2 1/4 inches through at the top. The core is deep orange, the same color as the flesh. Sow early in rows 18 inches apart, thin to 2 to 3 inches apart in the row, cultivate often and keep clean of all weeds. For late use, sow until the middle of June. Also known as Red Cored."

1937 MacFayden Seed Company says...
"Quite an improvement. Developed and first introduced by Ferry-Morse. A desirable Chantenay with good interior color; valuable for canners and market gardeners. In our experience Red Cored Chantenay is not as uniform as strains of the straight Chantenay variety."

Recommended by the Following State Universities or Ag Extension Offices as a variety that performs well for their region. FL, IL, OR, TX

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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"s 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.



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.

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