Wednesday, 6th October, 2010
I am still in debate as to whether to grow carrots next season or not.
You see, I dug some more out of our little garden here this week. They were really quite nice. Nice enough that I was eating them raw on their own. Usually, I find the carrots we grow to be both scrawny and nowhere near as sweet as I like. Supermarket carrots are sweet, and that's about it. Carrots grown at home have deeper layers of flavour, I think. Due to Tauranga's mild climate, we never seem to get enough chill to sweeten our carrots up, and I find them somewhat less than appealing. I must admit that having to dig, scrub, and trim is also a deterrent. Lazy me, used to my veges coming prescrubbed and trimmed.
So, these latest carrots have me wondering all over again, and just after I'd decided that we really should stop wasting our time growing carrots. They are called Mini Sweet, and are a variety from Kings Seeds. They grew bigger than some others planted earlier (these were not planted until early April, somewhat late even by our standards, and only just got enough growing time in before wanting to go to seed in our warm, wet spring!). They are also, as I mentioned before, sweeter than I expected.
The jury is still out on this one.