Organic Carrot ‘Autumn King’
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Autumn King is a popular heritage variety maturing in Autumn but can be left in the ground for most of the winter.
A high yielding main-crop carrot that stores well.
Direct sow these carrot seeds in late spring or earlier if undercover. Avoid freshly manured, wet or stony ground. Harvest early sowings from July and later sowings from September.
Carrots are believed to originate from Asia and when first cultivated they were actually grown for their aromatic leaves and seeds rather than the colourful tap root we consume today.
The original carrots were actually yellow and purple and sometimes red, black and white.
They weren’t cultivated for food until around the 10th Century in Persia and were often yellow or purple
In ancient Egypt purple was the most common colour for carrots.
In Europe carrots were first domesticated between the 12th and 15th centuries but were often yellow and the orange carrot wasn’t actually developed until 17th Century in the Netherlands