Unlike many other purple carrots that have only purple skins this variety is a very deep coloured dark-purple from the skin right through to the centre with an excellent sweet flavour. The purple carrot has regained popularity in recent years for its high antioxidant content. The colour does not fade during cooking, it can be steamed, added to most casserole-type dishes, eaten raw or sliced in salads.
Sow direct where they are to grow into a well prepared bed. Sow thinly in rows 30cm (12in) apart. Cover lightly with 5mm (1/4in) of fine soil. Firm gently and keep moist. Seedlings appear within 10 to 21 days. When harvesting select young carrots evenly from the rows, allowing the remainder to develop fully. Keep well-watered and weed free. Harvest 12 to 16 weeks after sowing.