You may have read here that I’m in the process of getting rid of some old seeds in the back of the shed and the second type of carrot is called Daucus carota ‘Karnavit’ Carrots. Find information on this variety of carrot is something that I’ve struggled to achieve, in term of it’s origin and history. When I typed ‘Daucus carota ‘Karnavit’ Carrots’ into the RHS, this is what I found.
All I’ve found out about this type of carrot is that the term Daucus carota means that it’s a wild variety and that Daucus carota Karnavit Carrots are an F1 Hybrid, created by the breeders at ISP International Seeds Processing GmbH based in Germany. But please, if you have any other information on Karnavit Carrots, please do let me know!
According to the chaps at Kew – “Wild carrot has delicate white flower heads and a thin, wiry taproot bearing little resemblance to the fleshy, bright orange root vegetable produced commercially.” It should be interesting to see how these turn out and I’m hoping this could make a great addition to a salad as a garnish. It certainly sounds different to the Autumn King variety I’m growing as well. It’s a little bit different to what the image packet suggest too!
This particular packet of seeds was brought from the local pound shop, and as much as I love the pound shop finding information on the varieties they sell there can be a real nightmare. None the less, it must have only cost me a pound, so you get what you pay for.
Click here to read more about F1 Hybrids – but in short, F1 Hybrids are the result of crossing two inbred lines of seed so that you can improve yield, vigour and other properties.
I made sure that the bed was dug and weeded and relatively free of any stones or anything that would cause the carrots to fork and dug drills of around half an inch deep and about a foot apart. I sowed the seeds into the drills and covered excess soil. Germination is expected within 15 to 20 days.