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Carrots: Daucus carota 'Babette'

Botanical name: Daucus carota 'Babette'

Common name: carrot

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Carrots: Daucus carota 'Babette'
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Soil: damp, acidic, sand
Zones: 3a thru 9b

butterfly attracting, bee attracting, edible

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Carefully bred in France for full sweet flavor and uniformly deep orange flesh, new ‘Babette’ baby carrots offer American gardener top quality and great versatility. They germinate and grow quickly in the garden with a smooth cylindrical shape and blunt tips. Pull ‘Babette’ by its vigorous foliage for true “mini” carrots at 3 to 4 inches long or leave them to size up. Either way, these fine-fleshed carrots make delicious, healthy eating raw or quickly cooked. Let these baby carrots color up to orange before harvesting for best flavor. Pull as babies or let fully size up. Sautée or steam just until tender crisp and serve with a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice, sweet butter and fresh dill; or try buttered and glazed with a little maple syrup or honey. The 'Babette' carrot is a gourmet mini-carrot bred in France. Harvest sweet 4 inch baby carrots in just 56 to 60 days or grow to a full 7 inch length for full size carrots. The smooth, cylindrical roots are very uniform with deep orange color even before complete maturity. The texture of this carrot is smooth and crisp with full, sweet flavor. Once you've tried these real baby French 'Babettes', you won't want the supermarket substitutes. Carrots grow best when temperatures are between 40F and 80F degrees. Sow successive crops at three-week intervals for a continuous supply, being mindful of that carrots do not grow well when maximum temperatures average over 88F degrees. In areas where temperatures rarely fall below 25F degrees, begin sowing in late summer. Days to maturity: 57. -- edited by dtd pbcouchman


Daucus carota is naturalized in most temperate areas of the Northern Hemisphere.

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