Parisian Carrots may not be high on your planting list, but if you are limited on space, these carrots are a must! These carrots are well-suited for planters, containers, or window boxes. These small, round carrots (2-5cm) are a 19th-century heirloom developed in France for their unusual shape and sweet flavor.
Legend has it they were invented to create a fast-growing, small carrot that could fit in the limited space Parisians had to grow within in a window box. They aren't much larger than a radish, which makes them perfect to grow in a window box alongside flowers, vegetables, or herbs.
These carrots are a great source Vitamin A, great for vision loss, Vitamin C to support human organs and immune system, fiber to assist with digestion, Vitamin K, magnesium, calcium, folate, and potassium. They also contain carotenoids and flavonoids, great for antioxidant benefits.
They are often found in high-end restaurants in France with roasts. They can also be eaten raw in salads, slaws, or grain bowls. They can even be grated and cooked in cakes and other desserts. These crunchy carrots pair well with cucumbers, potatoes, green beans, and seafood. I enjoy mine sautéed with quinoa, chicken, and chard.
Parisian Carrots can be direct sowed mid-April to August. They take about 10-14 days to germinate, 55 days to full maturity. They are able to grow in a variety of soils. Plant seeds about 2" apart, be sure to weed as necessary, as weeds can choke out the carrots. We bought our seeds here.