Cosmic Purples

It’s no secret how impatient I am about my garden. I am especially impatient, though, when it comes to my carrots. To be completely honest, those carrots are the whole reason I wanted to start a garden in the first place. Last fall, my father received a seed catalog in the mail one afternoon and I decided to thumb through it out of boredom. That was the first time I had ever heard of purple carrots.

Actually, it was more like OMG THERE’S SUCH A THING AS PURPLE CARROTS!!????!!!!!

Purple is my favorite color, in case you didn’t know. And I could have had my choice of any color in the rainbow, practically: Atomic Reds, White Satins, Amarillos (bright yellow), even Black carrots. Yep, black carrots. But I went with purple ones.

My Cosmic Purples are described as having orange or yellow flesh and “spicy and sweet-tasting roots”. Kind of makes me want to eat one right now.

They are almost ready. I have pulled a few out every week or so just check on progress (and, honestly, to just smile at the fact that I have purple carrots!) but they are still skinny and growing. Everything seems to be going the way it should be – even when I break into them to marvel at the orange insides.  Immediately after I snap into one of those little carrots, it smells like a carrot and, for some reason, this always surprises me! Fresh, delicious, earthy…mmm, just a few more weeks!

cosmic purples

purple carrots

I just love this color.


see, it still looks like a carrot on the inside!

orange on the inside


About Dena

I'm a suburban Clevelander by way of Oklahoma City, by way of North Florida, by way of Southern Maryland, by way of Upper Michigan, by way of Northern Italy, by way of Lower Michigan, by way of Texas. Because of living in so many places, I have something in common with almost everyone I meet. I love reading, writing, and American history (especially reading or writing about American history). I'm interested in culture of place, historical trauma, and writing about the kinds of histories most people don't know about.
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4 Responses to Cosmic Purples

  1. Little Sis says:

    SO very beautiful!

  2. Those are so beautiful. I totally sympathize with your impatience. I don’t like how you can’t see the progress being made with a root veggie the same way you can with tomatoes!

    • Dena says:

      Exactly! As much as I like to have things NOW, I would probably behave better with the carrots if I could see them progress…like my cucumbers.

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