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Red Cored Chantenay Carrot

Red Cored Chantenay Carrot

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Red Cored Chantenay

70 days — 'Red Cored Chantenay' plants are large, reaching about twenty inches tall, and produce roots that are five to 5½ inches in length, bright orange in color, stump-rooted in shape, and are tender and sweet tasting.

Chantenay-type carrots were developed and originally introduced in France in the 1830s. 'Red Cored Chantenay' is the result of continued selection by C. C. Morse & Company for "red" (dark-orange) colored roots and was introduced  in 1930.[1] Here is what they had to say in their 1931 seed catalog:
"The first time you pull this new carrot you will want to eat it then and there. The deep orange-red color and smooth symmetrical shape are combined with just the right size to make it irresistibly appetizing. Its beauty is not merely skin deep; it goes clear through to the very center and the interior is even more tempting than the outside. The yellow ring which is usually found around the core of carrots has been bred out of Red Cored Chantenay and in the breeding a sweeter, richer flavor has been acquired. This flavor alone is enough to establish its superiority and when combined with the crisp, tender quality and deep color of the flesh a new treat is furnished for those who appreciate the healthful and high nutriment value of carrots. On the inside back cover will be found an unretouched photograph [Ed. refer to image above] of this and other carrots in natural colors."[2]
Each packet contains one gram, which is approximately 650 seeds.
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Planting Instructions: Loosen rich, well-drained soil to a depth of one foot, in a location that receives 6 to 8 hours of full sunlight per day.

Plant outdoors in spring as soon as the ground can be worked. Plant seeds ¼ inch deep, ½ inches apart in rows that are spaced 12 to 18 inches apart.

Keep moist until germination. Thin to 1 to 2 inches apart after the seedlings are 1½ inches tall.

Water as required and keep soil cultivated to control weeds. References:
  1. "Morse's Seeds," C. C. Morse & Co., San Francisco, California, 1930 (see image of the catalog description above).
  2. "Ferry's Home Garden Catalogue," Ferry-Morse Seed Company, Detroit, Michigan & San Francisco, California, 1931.
  3. "Descriptions of Types of Principal American Varieties of Orange-Fleshed Carrots," USDA Miscellaneous Publication No. 361, May, 1940.