Purple Carrots - Knowledgebase Question

Fair Oaks, CA
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Question by dthurmon
August 29, 1998
I just learned that purple carrots have been cultivated in Afghanistan for a thousand years, and that white and yellow carrots were common in Northern Europe before the 1600's. Apparently some seed companies are working to re-introduce these colorful varieties. What are their names please, and can I buy them through your catalogue?


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Answer from NGA
August 29, 1998
The seeds of these colorful carrots are not yet available, but experimental crops have been grown by the horticulture specialists at University of Wisconsin. You can get a copy of their studies by contacting them directly: Dept. of Hort, U of WI, 1575 Linden Dr., Madison, WI 53706. Phone 608 262-4743. Their trials of novelty carrots began in 1996 and each carrot type has a code name, i.e. B7262 Afghan purple carrot. Perhaps they can direct you to a seed source.

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