This carrot was developed in the late 1800s in the town for which is it named: Danvers, Massachusetts. A leading variety for home and market gardeners alike, this variety stores well and produces high yields even in clay and heavy soils. Its bright-orange flesh is nearly coreless, sweet, and tender. The uniform roots grow up to 8" long.
- Stores well
- Good for clay, heavy soils
- Roots grow to 8 inches
- Nearly coreless, sweet, and tender
This variety works for:
- Fresh eating
Carrots are one of the most popular vegetables for fresh eating and have also become a staple of juicing. Grated carrots can be tossed into a salad or with zucchini and fried.
Try pairing your roasted carrots with ginger, mushrooms, and red wine vinegar or creating a carrot-curry soup to warm up on cold winter days.
Diced carrots are part of the "culinary trinity" of stock/broth, known as mirepoix, which also includes celery and onions. Mix 2 parts onions to 1 part each of carrot and celery to form the flavor base for many stocks, soups, stews, and sauces.
Instructions - You can sow carrot seeds as soon as the soil in your garden can be worked in the spring (about 3-4 weeks before the last frost). Seeds need consistent moisture until they emerge. Germination on carrot seed is slow and uneven. The light seed can be blown away by the wind or washed away when you water the beds. Sow the seeds less than an inch apart and thin them to 2-4 inches after they grow to a few inches. Roots will mature in 65-87 days. There are about 21k seeds in an ounce of Danvers carrot.
- Direct Seed: 1/2" Apart
- Seed Depth: 1/4"
- Rows Apart: 16-24"
- Thin: 2-4" Apart
Ratings & Reviews
Did not germinate.
Planted in a 5 gal bucket with excellent soil mix. I made sure that they were covered with 1/4-1/2 soil. Pressed firmly. Waited 3 weeks. Not a seed germinated. Trying again.
Going to Grow Again
Germinated well in a bucket (covered with loose cotton cloth to aid moisture retention) and in raised beds. Even the ones I pulled early while thinning were sweet.
by Meghan Crockett
I have grown these to years in a row. They produce well in my dense soil. Big, thick carrots that store well
Growing nicely with great germination!
by Ken Penguin
I found a method of getting carrots going that has worked very well for me with Danvers, Red-cored chants, and new kurodas.
Basically you sprout each kind of seed in a jar of water for a few days till they start pushing out the front, then you mix up a gel of cornstarch and water, let it cool, then dump the seeds into the gel in a bag.
The gel helps to stratify the seeds and spread them out, and it coats them in the thick layer which helps to keep them moist. Cut off a corner of the bag, then squeeze the gel out like you're frosting a cake, and fill wherever you want them. Cover with a little soil and water 3x a day.
I've never grown carrots before, and everything I tried germinated amazingly here in the dry high desert 9b. So if you're having trouble with carrots, give it a shot.