Overwintered Baby Carrots

Very Happy to see that despite our brutal winter, that I was successful at overwintering carrots, some will be used for seed saving, but most will be eaten as a sweet spring delight.

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Just starting to show signs of life now, but how big are they, and are good shape and size

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Not bad, and I have a full eight foot row of them, they need to come out of the ground quite soon.. I would like to tell you I followed the rules, late summer planting, well bedded down after die back but I would be fibbing, these are just tough carrots which is why I want some to produce seed for me. I did plan on overwintering them, but never got them bedded down as I was not home at the right time and with our truly brutal winter I did not expect them to make it.. they proved me wrong

DSCN5426Context on size.., clearly they need to be topped and tailed, given a scrub and used as is.. I am thinking honey glaze roasted for the bigger ones and carrot soup for the tiny ones.

Carrot Soup,

  • 4 cup white broth- chicken, rabbit, or veggie
  • 2 cups carrots- peeled, cut up or baby carrots, washed, topped and tailed
  • 2 large potatos- white or sweet or 1 cup any orange fleshed squash
  • 1 med size white onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • to taste salt pepper and a pinch of allspice, or nutmeg
  • touch of oil in pan, cook garlic and onions till clear, then add broth and the rest, cook till fork tender an then either use a blender or blender stick till as smooth as you would like..
  • If you want cream of carrot, add up to half a cup of milk or cream in.
  • Excellent to serve with a pat of butter and herbed bread.. or a bit of sour cream with fresh dill chopped on top.
  • spice it up, add hot chili flakes to it if you want a bit of heat, but if doing so, consider also adding a tsp of honey to create a sweet-heat blend

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5 Responses to Overwintered Baby Carrots

  1. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    They’ve got a very distinct wedge shape (which would make them good for heavier soils, I’d guess?)
    Went looking through Google pics and found this interesting site… http://incredibleseeds.ca/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1_18
    So, I’m assuming they’re a heritage carrot; perhaps a Chantenay or Danver’s Half-Long?
    (I LOVE a carrot that can take on clay mix soil and not wimp out; )

    • Heritage yes, would have to check the farm book on what the name was, but they are not growing in clay in that spot, tested out that is on average river loam with a clay under.. but I do agree with, nice shape on it

      • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

        LOL, “average river loam”…
        You couldn’t ask for better really, could you? What with the river flooding its banks, every now and again, to refresh your soil… Don’t I just wish!
        Where we are here, we would’ve been under Lake Iroquois MANY moons ago; and that’s responsible for the basic composition of our soil (but the nutritional benefits are l-o-n-g gone; )

      • It is really nice that’s for sure

  2. Sheri says:

    I had a few make in through the winter and they are now happy feeding worms in the compost pile!

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