Paris Market Carrot Seeds

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Paris Market Carrot Seeds - Romaine Calm Scotland
Paris Market Carrot Seeds - Romaine Calm Scotland

The Paris Market carrot, also known as Tonda di Parigi or Marché de Paris, is a round heirloom variety from the 19th century. This ancient French root vegetable is actually perfect for contemporary needs: it does well where other carrots would struggle – for example in shallow, clay-rich or rocky soil. Even better, as the carrots grow just 5 cm in diameter, they’re a perfect choice for containers. What these small carrots lack in size, they make up for in flavour – they are deliciously tender, bite-sized, and extra sweet, with very smooth skin. They are a fantastic market seller and are very popular with kids because of their ping-pong-ball shape. They’re also a favourite with gourmet chefs, and you’re bound to love the sweetness of this old Parisian, too! 

 

DETAILS

 

LATIN NAME 
Daucus carota

 

NAME 
Carrot

 

VARIETY 
Paris Market

 

QUANTITY 
500 seeds

 

PLANT SIZE 
Height 20 cm 
Width 10 cm

 

CONTAINER SIZE 
Height 20 cm 
Width 30 cm

 

COMPANION PLANT 
Tomatoes, lettuces, parsley, onions, garlic chives, nasturtium.

 

HOW TO GROW

 

 

SOWING 
Indoor Feb-Apr 
Outdoor Apr-May, Sept-Oct

 

TIMING 
Germination 7-20 days 
Harvesting 50-70 days

 

SPACING 
When sowing 1-3 cm; Depth 0,5 cm 
When thinning 10-15 cm

 

GROWING 
Sunligth Full sun to partial shade. 
Soil Well-drained, light and moist soil. 
Watering Regular, heavy watering 
Feeding Light feeder

 

CARING 
Expert tip Carrot seeds are small, but it’s wise to plant them as thinly as possible. Once the seedlings have developed their first leaves, thin them out to minimise competition and enable the carrots to grow quickly to harvest size.

 

SUPPORTING 
Pollinators
When allowed to flower, carrots are a huge attraction for bees and butterflies. 
Pests
Grow aromatic companion plants to repel carrot fly. 

 

HOW TO EAT

 

 

HARVESTING 
Start pulling up your carrots as soon as they develop a 2–3 cm bright-orange root. Grasp the tops firmly and tug gently – most of the time, the carrots will come out fairly easily.

 

EATING 
Medicinal properties The old saying suggests that carrots are good for your eyes – can anybody prove that there’s no truth in that?! 
How to eat There’s no better way to enjoy Paris Market carrots than the following: wash and cut in half, leaving the tops on. Add olive oil or butter, plus herbs, salt and pepper. Bake the carrots until they’re tender and well roasted. To make them even more indulgent, add some honey and allow them to caramelise in the oven.

Paris Market Carrot Seeds - Romaine Calm Scotland
Paris Market Carrot Seeds - Romaine Calm Scotland