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How to sow and grow purple carrots

These carrots are real show-stoppers: deep purple with a white or yellow center. Even healthier than orange carrots.
Paarse wortels van de Makkelijke Moestuin
Purple carrots

What are purple carrots?

Purple carrots are bred for their gorgeous color. The purple comes from high levels of anthocyanin, which is very good for your heart and blood vessels.

The first white carrots came from Persia (now Iran) and were brought to the Netherlands by the Dutch East India Company in the 17th century.

Since then, people have continued to grow carrots in different colors. This purple carrot is the result of a lot of cross-breeding. That also makes it a little more expensive.

The carrots are white or pale yellow when they're still small, but the older they are, the more purple they get. The center usually stays white-yellow, but each carrot is unique. Don't be surprised if you find an orange carrot in the mix 🙂

Purple carrots are even healthier than the orange ones

All carrots are rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, and C. They also have a lot of beta-carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A. 

Carrots contain minerals like calcium and potassium for strong bones and fiber for healthy digestion.

Don't forget the leaves: even the carrot tops are full of vitamins and minerals like calcium, potassium, and Vitamins C and K.

Purple carrots are also rich in a unique antioxidant: anthocyanin. It belongs to the same polyphenol group as blueberries, blackberries, purple cabbage, purple potatoes, etc. Anthocyanin helps combat the aging process, heart disease, and other health issues.
Bos paarse wortels uit de Makkelijke Moestuin
Purple carrots + 1 imposter

More about our purple carrot seeds

This unique carrot is deep purple on the outside and white or yellow on the inside. A real stunner and a fun alternative to the 'regular' orange ones.

Purple carrots taste great, but not quite as sweet, juicy, or crunchy as our orange carrots. Still, the funky colors more than make up for it.

  • Species name: Deep Purple F1
  • Family: root
  • Plants per square patch: 16
  • Height: 30 to 40 cm
  • Sowing time: mid-March to mid-August
  • Sowing depth: 0.5 cm
  • Germination: 10 - 21°C in 10 - 15 days
  • Time to harvest: after 10 to 14 weeks
  • Sunlight: ideally full sun (more sun means sweeter taste)

Want to buy purple carrot seeds? We sell seed bags separately, or, you can get them as part of a seed pack
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What do you need to sow and grow carrots?

Just this:
  • a 30x30 cm patch with airy, nutritious soil mix
  • purple carrot seeds
  • a place with at least 6 - 8 hours of sunlight a day

In other words: an MM-Mini, or a square patch in one of our garden boxes, filled with MM-Mix.

Growing your own purple carrots is super easy with the MM-Mix. If you grow in low-quality (potting) soil, disappointment is pretty much guaranteed. So don't skimp on soil mix: go for the best.
Paarse wortelplantjes in een MM-mini
Purple carrots in an MM-Mini

How do you sow and grow carrots?

Our purple carrots are included in the free Planty Gardening app. Use it, and you'll get step-by-step guidance from seed to harvest.

Each vegetable goes through a number of stages - we call them levels. The app tells you exactly what to do at each level and checks in when your plants are ready for the next.

So you don't need to know how to grow purple carrots before you start: the app takes you through every step.

But if you'd like to read more about those steps, here's what the whole process looks like:

Level 1: Sowing purple carrots

First, pick a square patch in the front rows of your garden box. Loosen up the damp soil mix. Then, sow like this:
  • poke 16 holes in the square patch (max 1 cm deep)
  • put 2 to 3 seeds in each hole
  • carefully cover the holes with soil mix

After about 12 days, you'll see your first plants come up. It depends a bit on the weather.
Er passen 16 paarse wortels in een Makkelijke Moestuinvak

Level 2: Purple carrot seedlings

As soon as you see the first seedlings, you know things are going well. They probably won't all come up at once, but give it a few more days.

Then it's time for the next level.
Zaailing van de Makkelijke Moestuin paarse wortel
Purple carrot seedling

Level 3: Thinning your purple carrots

When several seedlings come up in each hole that you sowed, choose the best ones and remove the rest: that's called thinning out. 

It might sound harsh, but it's necessary. Especially for carrots. They need enough room to get nice and thick. Too close together, and you'll get plenty of carrot leaves but no carrots.

If you see spots where nothing came up, sow a few more seeds. Carrots - like beets and radishes - can't be transplanted.
Zaailingen van wortels moet je altijd uitdunnen
Purple carrots must get thinned out

Level 4: Caring for your purple carrots

After 3 weeks or so, your seedlings will become small plants.

You hardly need to do anything for the next 5 weeks: if the weather's dry, give them some water and remove the odd dead or yellow leaf. Easy 🙂
Paarse wortelplantjes in de Makkelijke Moestuin: 9 weken oud
Nearly there: purple carrots at 9 weeks

Level 5: Harvesting purple carrots

About 10 - 14 weeks after sowing at the earliest, the first carrots are ready to harvest.

To see if your carrots are ready, wipe away the soil mix at the base of the leaves. The carrots should be at least 2 to 3 cm in diameter.

It can sometimes take longer, depending on the weather. Just leave the small carrots in your patch: they'll catch up. Go ahead and harvest the bigger ones now.

Carrots require a little patience. You can actually forget about them for weeks. The longer they're there, the thicker they get. You can even harvest them in winter 😀
Paarse wortel na 10 weken
Purple carrot at 10 weeks

What do you use purple carrots for?

You can enjoy the carrot roots by themselves. Eat them raw by the fistful or grated in salads. You can also boil, stew, or roast them. 
 
The leaves are edible and super healthy. They taste similar to parsley: spicy with a hint of carrot flavor. Process raw in a (tabouleh) salad with the carrot root, tomato, onion, chickpeas, and cumin. Or make a pesto. Or toss in a stir fry. The options are endless. 
Oogst aan paarse wortels uit de Makkelijke Moestuin
Nice purple carrot harvest

The last levels

Keep harvesting until your purple carrot patch is empty.

Carrots can handle the cold, so you can leave them in their patch for a long time. A little frost makes the carrots even sweeter 🙂

The last level: tidy up the empty patch in your garden box or your MM-Mini and prepare it for the next round of sowing.
Oogst paarse wortels Makkelijke Moestuin na 14 weken
Purple carrot harvest after 14 weeks

So: ready to grow purple carrots yourself?

I'm sure you are 😉  Our purple carrots look amazing, are super tasty, and easy to grow. All you need is some patience.

Plus: with our app and materials, it's almost impossible to fail.

Order your purple carrot seeds here or get started with a complete starter kit:
Enjoy!
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PS: Thanks to Shahaira en Pensionades for de photo's en posts on our Dutch community.

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