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'Cosmic Purple' Carrots
 
Sub-Category: Main Season
 
Description: Main-season specialty carrot. 6- to 7-inch, deep purple-skinned roots with orange interior and sweet, spicy flavor. The interior color ranges from solid orange to orange with a yellow core. About 70 days to maturity.
Days To Maturity: 70
Seed Sources: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds - updated in 2016
High Mowing Seed - updated in 2016
Botanical Interests - updated in 2016
BBBseed - updated in 2016

 
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Overall: (4.4 Stars)Overall
Taste: (4.1 Stars)Taste
Yield: (4.0 Stars)Yield
Ease/Reliability: (4.4 Stars)Ease/Reliability
 
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Reviewed on 10/18/2017 by Debbie L - An experienced gardener

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Orange, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 143 - 163 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Small - Less than 400 square feet (20' x 20')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

A really pretty carrot that grows and tastes well.
 

Reviewed on 10/12/2017 by Cutler Botanic Garden - An experienced gardener

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Broome, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 163 - 183 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

Planted seed 4/25/17, harvested 8/8/17. Good producer with no splitting. Nice size.
 

Reviewed on 10/05/2017 by CCE Oneida County - An intermediate gardener

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Oneida, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 163 - 183 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Medium - 400 square feet to 1,600 square feet
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

The carrot "Cosmic Purple\' grew well. It was tasty too and added color to a salad.
 

Reviewed on 07/12/2017 by CCE Nassau County NY - An experienced gardener

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Nassau, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 183 - 203 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Small - Less than 400 square feet (20' x 20')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

Planted 1 row of seeds on May 9. Germination was low; perhaps eaten by birds or washed away (one came up about 2 feet away). Because of germination rate, yield was / is low.
 

Reviewed on 08/15/2012 by Little Minnie - An experienced gardener

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Sherburne, Minnesota, United States
Frost Free Season: 123 - 143 days
Soil Texture: Sand
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

I grow a carrot mix for market and cosmic purple does so well the bunches have more purple than orange or yellow. They are fast growers and reach a nice size. There are carrots of a deeper purple but this one really is my favorite as it is. You can keep the color by roasting in a baking dish with a little butter and tiny drizzle of honey. I have had some problems with splitting from this variety so watch them as they get big and pull.
 

Reviewed on 01/07/2009 by Evilsunflower - An intermediate gardener

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Washington, New York, United States
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Did not produce very large carrots (could be my fault, my soil is not ideal though they were fertilized). I preferred the flavor of my sweet Nantes Long. The purples were more bitter than sweet. They tasted just fine cooked and even kept a bit of the purple if not cooked too long. I had to be careful when brushing the dirt off or the purple skin came off too.
 

Reviewed on 10/18/2008 by glmory - A novice gardener

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Tompkins, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 143 - 163 days
Soil Texture: Not Sure
Garden Size: Small - Less than 400 square feet (20' x 20')
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

On the plus side, this was my first gardening experience and I simply cleaned the rocks out of the soil, put some seeds in the ground, and came back four months later to find carrots. Some of them were really stunted from this treatment, and none of them were very big. Still for the amount of work that I put into them I would have got nothing out of a less hardy vegetable. I would recommend them to any beginning gardener who wants to be certain to get at least something out of minimal effort. Perhaps an experienced gardener would have produced larger carrots so I cannot really say anything about the yield based on my experience with it being somewhat low. On the minus side they seemed much more red than purple. The tops were purple, but as you went down the carrot it was really a red carrot. I think I will try the deep purple carrot next time to grow a fully purple carrot. Also its taste was nothing special.
 

Reviewed on 11/09/2005 by rolarase - An intermediate gardener

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St. Lawrence, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 123 - 143 days
Soil Texture: Clay
Garden Size: Medium - 400 square feet to 1,600 square feet
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

What fun! What color! A simple scraping off of dirt with a nylon scrubber keeps the beautiful purple color intact. Quite a contast to the deep orange "inside". Several of the plants did not produce carrots, but went to seed instead. I'm going to save them, but I doubt I'll get satisfactory results. Overall, a carrot worth growing, and one that few people (at least around here) have seen.
 

Reviewed on 07/13/2005 by Miss_Mudcat - An intermediate gardener

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Indiana, United States
Frost Free Season: 163 - 183 days
Soil Texture: Clay
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

A BEAUTIFUL carrot! Harvested as baby carrots along with Coreless Nantes and Yellowstone. Cosmic Purple was the top choice for eye appeal and taste. Sweeter by far! Easy to grow, easy to pull.
 




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