The carrot is a popular vegetable in many countries and from its raw consumption, to its role in many salads and typical dishes, it is difficult to find a country in which its existence is unknown. Among its main characteristics, we can highlight its typical orange color , its cylindrical shape that makes it pointy, and its cap of green leaves.
Its flavor is somewhat sweet , not excessively sweet, its texture is hard on the outside, but somewhat softer on the inside. Its properties are used for medicinal-tropical purposes , that is, its consumption is largely motivated by balanced diets, nutritious food, etc. However, the carrot as we know it today will not be the focus of this article. Mainly, we will talk about the purple carrot , its characteristics, its history and its cultivation, we will also comment on some information about its origin.
- 1 Origin of purple carrots
- 2 Its cultivation must be carried out under the following recommendations:
Origin of purple carrots
It will be impressive for many to know that the carrot was originally purple, in fact, this shade is actually its original shape and color . Since the beginning of time, the carrot was known by Europeans under a purple tone, therefore, if the reader could consult a person belonging to the eighteenth century, he would answer that yes, carrots were purple.
The purple carrot has existed for approximately 3000 years BC, but despite this, its properties are not very different from the carrot of today, therefore, aspects such as its flavor and contributions do not have great differences , in fact, The main and few differences that we can discriminate between the purple carrot and the orange carrot with the naked eye is their size and color. However, the purple carrot is orange on the inside , therefore, the differences between them are reduced.
The purple carrot comes to the world as the work of the Dutch, as part of an experiment in which the main objective was to give the tone of the Dutch royal house, apart from the fact that purple carrots are recognized for their great nutritional contributions , being their main component, anthocyanin, being also responsible for each of the benefits that this vegetable offers the body, among which we can mention:
At the cardiovascular level, it keeps the blood vessels clean and purifies the blood , keeping the consumer active during high physical performance activities.
Good fiber content, which allows the consumer the possibility of generating healthy diets to lose weight , as well as maintaining balanced diets.
At the immunological level, they eliminate the toxins that can be found in some foods. They also provide nutrients that give rise to the development of the immune system.
Its cultivation should be carried out under the following recommendations:
A distance of 10 x 10cm from any other plant must be kept , in this sense, we must locate a clear place to sow the seed.
Next, a humid place must be chosen in which the seed is 1 cm below the fertilizer, it being advisable to sow a large number of seeds , since it may be difficult for the seeds to be born and if it is effective, the harvest will begin at 3- 4 months after the seeds were sown.
One of the advantages offered by the purple carrot is that it can tolerate the most hostile climates, so that it can be planted during any season of the year. Thus, the user would be able to carry out the sowing at the time he deems appropriate, without responding to climatic conditions in which the status of this seed as such could be compromised.
As we can conclude, the purple carrot is the earliest carrot specimen that ever existed.
Ironically, its current production levels are extremely low, which has led to vigorous production measures, which seek to keep this type of carrot alive , both for nutritional and ethical reasons.