These Nantes type carrots have 12 to 15cm (5 to 6 in) cylindrical roots, a blunt end, and perhaps most importantly, they are naturally succulent and sweet, with good skin and flesh colour, and are high in the antioxidant beta-carotene. A second early, main crop variety, often seen on the show bench, it crops in early summer through to autumn. The result of over 15 years breeding, this is possibly the most carrot fly resistant variety ever produced coming out top when grown in trials against over 20 other 'resistant' varieties. Its resistance lies in the low levels of chlorogenic acid within the developing roots, a chemical which the larvae of the carrot fly needs for survival. It is thus very unattractive to the fly, and even if attacked to some degree the larvae will soon die after doing relatively little damage. Tried and tested by thousands of gardeners, this variety is based on original breeding work carried out in Britain by Dr Bob Ellis and sponsored by MAFF funding. The Royal Horticultural Society has awarded it the prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Can be sown under cloches from March onwards and outside from April to July for later cropping. Sow in narrow drills 2cm deep and 15cm apart. Sow the seed thinly to avoid too much thinning out later. Cover the seeds with fine soil very gently tamping it down later. Water with a fine spray if the conditions are dry. The seedlings should start to appear 15 to 20 days later.
Packet Content:200 (Approx)