Atomic Red Carrot
'Atomic Red' carrots - Photo submitted by Chris Whitty of Ireland.

Atomic Red Carrot

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Atomic Red

65 days — If you don't like eating tomatoes but have heard of the health benefits of adding Lycopene into your diet, 'Atomic Red' carrots will be good news for you. 'Atomic Red' carrots are high in Lycopene, the pigment that gives them their red color. The color gets more intense when cooked.

Red colored carrots originated in India, China, and Japan in the 1700s. 'Atomic Red' carrots are tapered in shape reaching about nine inches in length. Each packet contains one gram, which is approximately 650 seeds.
Not Very 'Red'
The name is a misnomer - the carrots are a light pinkish/orange color and only become darker pink when cooked. Outside of that minor quibble, the flavor is pretty good and the carrots have some longevity after harvest. The size was, unfortunately, a bit smaller than anticipated. I'd give it 3.5 stars out of 5.

VSC Notes: The amount of Lycopene content (red pigment) in the skin and flesh does seem to vary by the growing conditions experienced. You can see in the photos that the red pigment is somewhat layered on an orange base. Some years it is faint, like Brian experience, some years, like 2018 here on the farm, our 'Atomic Red' carrots are so dark they almost look purple.
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Reviewed by:  from 6b. on 12/29/2018
Large and Bright
Planted in early May in one long row, did not thin them out at all and had a HUGE harvest from days 60-75. Not quite as bright red as the photo, but very tasty and sweet.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from St. Johns, Portland, Oregon. on 8/14/2015
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