Why the carrot is (usually) orange

I recently sowed a row of carrots and had only Cosmic Purple–a dark and richly purple-black root, come up from the seeds. Cosmic Purple is so dark it stains fingers for a day after being handled. it is a sweet, crisp, mid length carrot with a lovely top that also carries a purple tinge near the base of the leaves.

Cross section slices of carrot Cosmic purple.

So shy are almost all carrots orange? Blame it on politics and citrus. For the details check out this article: https://www.tested.com/science/43812-the-crazy-history-of-the-orange-carrot/

Published by c ben-iesau

From L.A. to LA... I'm a New Orleans based artist and writer.

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