Mary's Veggie Garden

November 22, 2013

Biggest Carrot Ever?

Filed under: Carrots,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 3:52 am

It’s not the biggest carrot ever grown but it is the most perfect huge carrot I’ve grown. There is very little forking and no animal or insect damage. For the records see the Carrot Museum web site.

This Bolero carrot weighed a smidgen over a pound.

This Bolero carrot weighed a smidgen over a pound.

I planted the seed in early July, either 7/1, or more likely, 7/9. I harvested it Nov. 14. I can’t take too much credit for growing it. There was poor seed germination in that section of the row so the plants that did grow had plenty of room. Also we got lots of rain which carrots like, 3.4″ in July and 6.6″ in August.

One pound and half pound bolero carrots, gardener included for scale.

A one pound  Bolero carrot and  its half pound sibling, gardener included for scale. Yes, I’m Mary.

Most of my huge carrots have been multi-legged monstrosities like this one. It looks gnarly but tastes fine, sweet and tender. A couple more lunches and it will be gone.

This Yaya carrot weighed a bit less than a pound. Planted 5/20, harvested 11/12.

This Yaya carrot weighed almost a pound. Planted 5/20, harvested 11/12.

One more view of the prize specimen. I’m thinking this one pound carrot will feed the family at Thanksgiving dinner.

The floor tiles are 11.5" wide.

The floor tiles are 11.5″ wide.

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9 Comments »

  1. I wish my carrots got huge this year, but they are tiny little things that are a pain to peel. Well some of them at any rate.

    Comment by Daphne — November 22, 2013 @ 6:28 am | Reply

    • I’ve been thankful to have very few tiny carrots in the fall harvest this year. Other years I’ve tried to fill in the gaps in the rows and that is not worth the effort – the resulting carrots are always tiny.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — November 22, 2013 @ 7:20 am | Reply

  2. Wow! What massive carrots! I am definitely trying Yaya carrots next year.

    Comment by Rachel @ Grow A Good Life — November 22, 2013 @ 7:49 am | Reply

    • You can’t go wrong with either Yaya or Bolero. I grow Yaya for summer eating and Bolero for winter eating from the root cellar.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — November 22, 2013 @ 8:18 am | Reply

  3. Do write a follow up on the taste and texture.

    Comment by Norma Chang — November 22, 2013 @ 6:49 pm | Reply

    • The multi-legged Yaya was sweet and crisp bottom to top (finished it today). I’ll let you know about the Bolero later.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — November 22, 2013 @ 7:33 pm | Reply

  4. WOW, very impressive carrots! And here I was happy with my single good carrot. I think I still have a lot to learn!

    Comment by Jess — November 26, 2013 @ 1:45 am | Reply

    • You have to start somewhere. I’ve been trying to get it right for 35 years and I’ve been working on timing and watering for the last 5 years. Finally got both right!

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — November 26, 2013 @ 8:38 am | Reply

      • That’s true. I figure the earlier I get started, the better I will be in years to come! Well done again and thanks for the great blog!

        Comment by Jess — December 2, 2013 @ 12:47 am


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