The beneficial properties of common carrots have been known to humans since childhood. We appreciate this vegetable for its taste, richness of vitamins, minerals and carotene, which is found in large quantities in the root vegetable. Few of us thought that initially a vegetable with a bright orange color, so useful and familiar to everyone, was purple.
In ancient times, many useful properties were attributed to this type of carrot, and for a long time it was even believed that a number of serious diseases could be cured with the help of an unusual root crop. The emergence of such superstitions is closely related to color. It is he who testifies to the high content of carotene, vitamins and minerals so necessary for the human body.
Today, carrots have firmly entered our life, have become an indispensable component of any dish. Due to its taste, they began to make juices from it, add it to vegetable salads not only boiled, but also raw.
Purple carrots are the best varieties
There are several types of this purple vegetable crop. The most popular among them are:
- "Purple Elixir";
- "Cosmic Purple"
Purple Elixir root crops can be easily distinguished from all others by their characteristic purple-violet color on the outside. Inside, the purple carrot has a yellowish-orange core. Like most of the species, purple carrots are extremely rich in vitamins and minerals.
Variety "Dragon" has a bright purple color on the outside and an orange core. The vegetable of this variety is sweet in taste, contains a large amount of vitamin A and beta-carotene.
Cosmic Purple is also a purple-colored carrot variety, although inside, as you can see in the photo, the root vegetable is completely orange-colored. Raspberry-purple color is present only on the outside in small quantities.
Growing purple carrots
Growing such an exotic culture on your backyard is a snap. A root crop of an unusual color for us, just like its brother, common carrot, does not need special conditions for growing and does not require special care.
Purple carrot seeds are extremely rare on retail shelves, but if you really want to, they can be found on the Internet or purchased in specialized stores.
Attention! Seeds of purple carrots have good germination, therefore they have a small package.
Sowing seeds in open ground should be done in early spring. In summer, the seedlings are watered, as needed, loosened, fertilized into the soil and thinned out densely growing shoots. Harvesting takes place in the last months of autumn.
Useful medicinal properties of purple carrots
Among the positive qualities of an unusual vegetable crop, the following should be noted:
- Prevents the appearance and development of cancer cells in the body.
- It has anti-inflammatory properties.
- Strengthens the immune system.
- Prevents the development of diseases of the cardiovascular system and venous disease.
- Helps to normalize blood pressure and reduce blood cholesterol.
- Improves the appearance of skin, hair, nails.
Carrots are a real storehouse of vitamins and nutrients that have come down to us since ancient times. A person's craving for exotic and unusual things for him gave rise to a surge in the popularity of the long-forgotten predecessor to all of us well-known carrots, which, thanks to its color, also turned out to be very useful for the human body.
Alina, 32 years old, Perm
I saw pictures of unusual carrots on the Internet. The color intrigued me. I decided to try to grow such a miracle on my site. I bought seeds. At first I was a little upset that there were not enough seeds in the pack. To my surprise, they climbed almost 100%. She looked after the unusual vegetable as well as the usual orange carrots. The yield is good. It tastes sweet, even very sweet. Children especially liked the Overseas beauty. Next year I will definitely plant such a beautiful and useful culture again.
Olga, 35 years old, Kharkov
For many years I have been growing carrots on my site. This year, a friend brought a bag with a purple vegetable that is very unusual for me. I was shocked at first. I thought it was just another publicity stunt. But I still decided to try. To my surprise, the carrots did indeed grow purple. At first, for a long time I did not dare to taste an unusual, at first glance, vegetable to the taste. When I dared, I was shocked. The taste pleasantly surprised me. The pulp is juicy, sweet. I decided to make a salad. All my household members could not guess for a long time, and then believe that it was the carrots in the salad that were purple. In addition, I read in one of the articles that such a root vegetable is more useful than usual. I will try on my own experience.
Valentina Ivanovna, 63 years old, Novosibirsk
About the fact that there is a variety of purple carrots in nature, I learned from my daughter. I work in the garden from early spring to autumn. I always grow a lot of different vegetables and fruits. I have known for a long time that carrots have useful properties. With her help, I keep my blood pressure normal. When my daughter said that a purple root vegetable is much more useful than an orange one, she did not believe it right away. Has grown. I tried it. It turned out she was right. Indeed, I feel great, the pressure does not bother me. Many thanks to such an extraordinary, healing miracle vegetable.