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'Purple Haze' Carrots
 
Sub-Category: Main Season
 
Description: Main season, imperator-shaped, purple carrot. Upright, 14- to 16-inch plants produce smooth, 10- to 12-inch roots taper to a point and have orange center. Loses purple color when cooked. 2006 All America Selection. Bolting tolerant.
AAS Winner in the year 2006
Days To Maturity: 70
Seed Sources: Thompson & Morgan US Seed Co. - updated in 2013
Totally Tomato - updated in 2011

 
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Overall: (4.0 Stars)Overall
Taste: (3.8 Stars)Taste
Yield: (3.5 Stars)Yield
Ease/Reliability: (3.8 Stars)Ease/Reliability
 
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Reviewed on 03/09/2017 by Blue Line Cami Queen - An experienced gardener

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Washington, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 103 - 123 days
Soil Texture: Clay
Garden Size: Small - Less than 400 square feet (20' x 20')
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

Crisp, tasty, easy to grow. Did not pull very well. My daughter loved pulling them and eating them raw.
 

Reviewed on 12/20/2013 by Roger1963 - An experienced gardener

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Schuyler, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 103 - 123 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

One of the best colors of carrot we grew. Did much better that the white and yellows we had in the garden. Had mixed germination results in the row. Taste was excellent.
 

Reviewed on 12/18/2013 by CCE Seneca County - An intermediate gardener

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Seneca, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 163 - 183 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Small - Less than 400 square feet (20' x 20')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

Very cool looking carrot and very tasty. Kids loved digging it up and finding it was really purple and then being excited to taste it!
 

Reviewed on 11/25/2013 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 tasty and pretty carrot. Easy to grow.
 

Reviewed on 11/11/2013 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

Always a novelty in our demonstration garden. However due to weather conditions, it did not produce as well as other years.
 

Reviewed on 12/05/2012 by ClaudiaH. - An experienced gardener

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Cortland, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 143 - 163 days
Soil Texture: Clay
Garden Size: Medium - 400 square feet to 1,600 square feet
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

What a great unusuall vegetable. Put the purple and the white together in salads and as cut carrots on the table. Nice flavor.
 

Reviewed on 11/01/2012 by CCE Seneca County - An intermediate gardener

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Seneca, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 163 - 183 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Small - Less than 400 square feet (20' x 20')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

Tasters thought it had the best flavor of the three varieties grown and kids loved it! Interesting that it is only purple on outside. Did not produce as well as the other two varieties.
 

Reviewed on 10/30/2012 by Chautauqua CCE - An experienced gardener

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Chautauqua, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 143 - 163 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Medium - 400 square feet to 1,600 square feet
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

A great variety to grow for both the novelty and the taste of it. My 2 year old son LOVED the color. We had a high yield and it was interesting to see that the purple color only extended a little ways into the carrot. Planning to grow in my home garden next year.
 

Reviewed on 10/23/2012 by Roots & Wisdom - An experienced gardener

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Schenectady, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 163 - 183 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Small - Less than 400 square feet (20' x 20')
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

pretty with good flavor
 

Reviewed on 10/22/2012 by nmeohen1 - An experienced gardener

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Cortland, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 103 - 123 days
Soil Texture: Clay
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

Tasty!
 

Reviewed on 10/14/2012 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

Children visiting the garden found the color exciting. Volunteers also enjoyed using the carrots in salads for the color more than the taste. Would grow this again mostly for the novelty of the color.
 

Reviewed on 09/25/2012 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

Very pretty carrot. Aslo tasty. Easy to grow.
 

Reviewed on 09/25/2012 by Roger1963 - An experienced gardener

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Schuyler, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 103 - 123 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

I had only 1 germinate in my row. When harvested the one plant was healthy and had a nice, straight carrot look. Will try this variety again to make sure weather was not to blame.
 

Reviewed on 09/13/2012 by LouLou - An experienced gardener

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Wayne, 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: More than 8 hours per day

I had to do a second planting for germination. Once the later planting took hold, results were satisfactory. I liked the novelty of the carrot and would try it again next year.
 

Reviewed on 09/12/2012 by Wayne County CCE - An experienced gardener

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Wayne, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 103 - 123 days
Soil Texture: Sand
Garden Size: Small - Less than 400 square feet (20' x 20')
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

I had to do a second planting for germination, once the later planting took hold results were satisfactory. I liked the novelty of the produce and would try it again next year.
 

Reviewed on 02/05/2010 by Joseph L - An experienced gardener

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Cache, Utah, United States
Frost Free Season: Fewer than 103 days
Soil Texture: Clay
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

I grew this carrot for the novelty. It grew fine without any noticeable pests or disease. It cooks fine as long as you don't mind everything in your soup turning purple. They had a tendency to break during digging so the bottom half of the crop got left in the garden for worm food.
 

Reviewed on 08/14/2009 by a_hermit - An experienced gardener

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Tompkins, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 143 - 163 days
Soil Texture: Clay
Garden Size: Medium - 400 square feet to 1,600 square feet
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

A fun carrot for sure. Not the best taste but the color is the thing, thinly sliced into salads they're a nice change and a good way to maintain the purple when eating.

Great for "oh" value, decent taste not bitter but not sweet, worth trying. It'd be an overall three stars but for the great color. Moderate size and yield.
 

Reviewed on 05/28/2009 by dd12783 -

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Tolland, Connecticut, United States
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Sprouts quickly
 
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Reviewed on 08/13/2008 by wmamateur -

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Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States
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The purple color is great when you first pull them out of the ground. Kids love them. The problem is that the great purple color is only a thin layer of skin. Thus, if you peel the carrot, you all but lose the purple color. Nothing wrong with the flavor, but nothing special either . Was actually much better when pulled as a baby carrot. The novelty color makes them worth growing.
 

Reviewed on 07/09/2008 by grikdog - An intermediate gardener

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Ramsey, Minnesota, United States
Frost Free Season: 163 - 183 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Small - Less than 400 square feet (20' x 20')
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

I grew this in three large pots. I got nice purple carrots with beautiful long roots and nice ferny green tops. The flavor was so so - very mild and not as carroty as I expected.
 

Reviewed on 05/17/2006 by farmerdill - An experienced gardener

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Richmond, Georgia, United States
Frost Free Season: 183 - 203 days
Soil Texture: Sand
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

This cultivar does well here, and this is not ideal carrot growing country. Its main claim to fame is its appearence, but it is also very easy to grow and tastes as good as the top Imperator types. Like most of this type, it will need a deep loam or sandy soil, Despite its vigor, I don't think I would try it in clay.
 




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