Carrot Seeds - Parisienne
- Seed Count: 200 Seeds
- Maturity Date: Approximately 60-70 days from planting
- Plant Type: Carrot, Parisienne variety
- Growth Habit: Rounded, compact roots
- Ideal Soil Conditions: Prefers well-drained, sandy or loamy soil
- Planting Depth: Sow seeds 1/4 inch deep
- Spacing: Thin seedlings to about 2-3 inches apart
- Sun Exposure: Full sun
History: The Parisienne Carrot, also known as the Parisian carrot, is a charming heirloom variety that hails from France. With roots (pun intended) dating back to the 19th century, this variety is a classic example of traditional European gardening. Its development was aimed at creating a carrot that could thrive in the heavy, clay soils common around Paris, resulting in the unique, round shape that distinguishes it from other carrot varieties.
Uses: Parisienne Carrots are known for their sweet taste and tender texture. Their small, round shape makes them an ideal choice for dishes where a unique and visually appealing presentation is desired. These carrots are perfect for gourmet culinary creations, including roasting whole or adding to stews and soups. Their size also makes them a favorite for children and an excellent choice for snacking or use in appetizers.
Growth Habit & Planting Instructions: Unlike traditional elongated carrots, the Parisienne variety grows into a charming round shape, resembling a radish. This growth habit makes them particularly well-suited for growing in soils where longer carrots might struggle. To plant, sow seeds directly in the garden, about 1/4 inch deep, in well-drained, sandy or loamy soil. They prefer a sunny location and require regular watering, particularly during dry periods. As the carrots develop, thin the seedlings to about 2-3 inches apart to allow enough room for the round roots to expand. Parisienne Carrots are typically ready to harvest in about 60-70 days, when they've reached about the size of a small radish or large marble. Their unique shape makes them a delightful addition to any garden, and they are especially well-suited for container gardening due to their compact size.