Carrots are thought to have originated in the middle east and come in a wide range of shapes, colours, and sizes. Here’s a quick guide on understanding the differences between carrots.

Imperator carrots feature long slightly tapered taproots and low bushy greens. They are the common variety seen in most grocery stores and grow best in light, sandy loam soil.

Chantenay carrots are shorter than other cultivars, but can have a larger girth. They are conical in shape, have taller foliage, and are commonly used in canned products. These carrots can are better to grow in clay or rocky soils compared to the imperator variety.

Nantes feature medium sized roots with a cylindrical, untapered root shape. Greens are medium height. Nantes carrots were first developed in 1885 and are popular with home gardeners because they perform better in heavier or rocky soils.

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