The Paris Market carrot, also known as Tonda di Parigi or Marché de Paris, is a round heirloom variety from the 19th century. This ancient French root vegetable is actually perfect for contemporary needs: it does well where other carrots would struggle – for example in shallow, clay-rich or rocky soil. What these small carrots lack in size, they make up for in flavour – they are deliciously tender, bite-sized, and extra sweet, with very smooth skin. They are a fantastic market seller and are very popular with kids because of their ping-pong-ball shape. They’re also a favourite with gourmet chefs, and you’re bound to love the sweetness of this old Parisian, too!
Appearance: The carrots grow just 5 cm in diameter, they’re a perfect choice for containers. Lush green tops and a succulent round root.
Latin name: Daucus carota
Variety: Paris Market
Quantity: 500 seeds
Plant size: Height 20 cm, Width 10 cm
Container size: Height 20 cm, Width 30 cm
Sowing: indoors Feb-March, outdoors Apr-Oct
Timing: germination 7-20 days, harvesting 50-70 days
Spacing: when sowing 1-3cm, when thinning 10-15cm
Growing: full sun to partial shade, regular heavy watering, well drained moist and sandy soil, light feeder
Caring: carrot seeds are small, but its wise to plant them as thinly as possible. Thin out seedlings to enable the carrots to grow to harvest quickly
Supporting: attracts bees and butterflies, grow aromatic plants to repel carrot fly
Harvesting: start pulling up your carrots as soon as they develop a 2-3cm root. Grasp the tops firmly and tug lightly - most of the time the carrots will come out easily
Medicinal: the old saying suggests that carrots are good for your eyes. Can anybody prove it?
Eating: wash and cut in half, leaving the tops on. Add olive oil, butter, plus herbs, salt and pepper. Bake the carrots until they're tender and well roasted. There's no better way to enjoy them!
Companion plant: Tomatoes, lettuces, parsley, onions, garlic chives, nasturtium
All seeds come in robust packaging with seeding/growing instructions.