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While everyone should be familiar with the regular orange carrot, you may be surprised to find out that it was not always this colour. Believed to have originated from Persia (modern day Iran and Afghanistan), it was introduced into Europe by the Moors during the 8th century at a time when the the roots were a dark purple! Strangely, by the time the carrot arrived in England (around 1530) carrots were typically white and reportedly often confused with the far more common parsnip.
Today purple carrots are back and with a vengeance and their seeds are available at the 'Seeds of Eaden' seed shop.
Carrot 'Purple Haze'
Carrot 'Purple Haze' retains its purple colouring when cooked and when cut into reveals a deep orange flesh which contrasting brightly with a rich purple skin. The roots are smooth, long and heavy, and can reach reaching up to 10 inches in length. It is packed with antioxidants and Vitamin A and is just as tasty when eaten raw.
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