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'Dragon' Carrots
 
Sub-Category: Main Season
 
Description: Main season specialty variety. 6-inch, reddish-purple roots with bright yellowish-orange cores. Also known as Purple Dragon.
Days To Maturity: 65-90
Seed Sources: Seed Savers Exchange - updated in 2014

 
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Overall: (4.0 Stars)Overall
Taste: (4.3 Stars)Taste
Yield: (3.7 Stars)Yield
Ease/Reliability: (3.9 Stars)Ease/Reliability
 
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Reviewed on 04/13/2009 by colinhabbott - A novice gardener

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Ontario, Canada
Frost Free Season: 103 - 123 days
Soil Texture: Clay
Garden Size: Small - Less than 400 square feet (20' x 20')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

I found these carrots to be easy to grow. I had a decent yield despite rarely giving them any attention. Beautiful purplish exterior with an orange interior. I grew them mostly for the novelty factor of having purple carrots
 

Reviewed on 01/04/2009 by kreela - An intermediate gardener

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Albemarle, Virginia, United States
Frost Free Season: 143 - 163 days
Soil Texture: Clay
Garden Size: Small - Less than 400 square feet (20' x 20')
Sun Exposure: Less than 6 hours per day

I tried these in my garden, but they produced tiny, 2 inch roots. The color was outstanding, and I found the taste spicy and interesting. The tops did break easily, and at one point all the carrots disappeared. I think they rotted or got eaten by root maggots. ((As a weekend warrior, I don't always know what kills my crop.))
 

Reviewed on 11/02/2008 by Ottawa Gardener - An intermediate gardener

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Ontario, Canada
Frost Free Season: 123 - 143 days
Soil Texture: Sand
Garden Size: Medium - 400 square feet to 1,600 square feet
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

This carrot is superior! It has attractive red skin and a yellow / orange interior but it's not just pretty. The taste is rarely bitter in my garden with a rich carrot taste instead of just insipid sweet. It also stores well and grows to a good size.
 

Reviewed on 10/12/2008 by Jay Tracy - A novice gardener

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Pima, Arizona, United States
Frost Free Season: Fewer than 103 days
Soil Texture: Clay
Garden Size: Small - Less than 400 square feet (20' x 20')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

Planted January 1st in Tucson, AZ. These carrots grew fast and large. They taste a bit different from normal carrots when eaten raw and taste like a cross between a beet and a carrot when steamed. A few did end up woody, but the majority were delicious and were devoured quickly.
 
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Reviewed on 07/17/2008 by CvilleGardener - An intermediate gardener

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Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
Frost Free Season: 183 - 203 days
Soil Texture: Clay
Garden Size: Medium - 400 square feet to 1,600 square feet
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

Gorgeous-looking carrots, with a purple skin and bright yellow core (if they're allowed to grow to size). But they have a few drawbacks: 1) if you peel them, they look just like normal carrots (so don't peel!) 2) they are very slow to mature; I planted March 25 and these were not full size until July 3) tops are very weak and break off every time; you need to dig around the edges and pull the carrot up by the root. 4) appearance is more striking than taste. Still worth growing, but more as a curiosity ...
 

Reviewed on 04/23/2007 by Lila - An intermediate gardener

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British Columbia, Canada
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

Deep purple colour with a creamy interior. Very easy to grow. They have a wonderful spicy flavour and are always a conversation starter.
 

Reviewed on 08/17/2006 by sunnyspot - An intermediate gardener

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Tompkins, 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

astonishing and wonderful to grow. Purple skin with reddish-orange interior. They usually ended up looking like a filled out pair of jeans (tendency to divide and grow into two long roots) which added to the fun & fancy. Recommend.
 

Reviewed on 11/17/2005 by Leah Grunzke - An experienced gardener

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Gallatin, Montana, United States
Frost Free Season: Fewer than 103 days
Soil Texture: Clay
Garden Size: Medium - 400 square feet to 1,600 square feet
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

VERY popular in farmer's market and cooking class taste tests. Best if picked quite young, as they tended to split more than most varieties, and became woody and slightly bitter with age. A little extra trouble, but worth it-they're gorgeous and tasty.
 

Reviewed on 09/01/2005 by Catskills - An experienced gardener

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Ulster, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: Fewer than 103 days
Soil Texture: Not Sure
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

This is a gorgeous carrot: purple outside, yellow/orange inside. And SO sweet. We served these at a lawn party last week with other varieties. They were the first gone, more were requested and they were the talk of the table. They also stood up to a poor spot, a critter digging...and I fell on them in June. Hearty!
 

Reviewed on 07/21/2005 by kalima - An intermediate gardener

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North Carolina, 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

Great looking with vibrant purple color, however roots were very, very slow to size resulting in low yield despite excellent germination rate.
 




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