Don’t judge a book by its cover……or a carrot, either! Friends, Fruition has collaborated to create a new carrot we fondly call Dulcinea, though I must warn you: She is long, orange and tapered and at first glance, she is simply a carrot. But she is so much more. And if we’ve done our work well, Dulcinea will outlast us by countless generations.
Organic Dulcinea Carrot is one of the sweetest carrots we’ve ever tasted, growing sweeter in storage. She manages to grow straight regardless of the multitudes of stones in our gravelly loam soil and she grows abundant leaves quickly, making her more competitive with weeds than most. We love her in the height of summer and she feeds us through the winter ’til spring in our root cellar, as well.
Dulcinea is the dream and delectable collaborative exploration of a biodynamic farmer (Nathaniel Thompson of Remembrance Farm), a public plant breeder (Irwin Goldman of University of Wisconsin Madison) and a seed company (Fruition Seeds). Nathaniel wanted an organic alternative to the F1 Hybrid carrot (Bolero) he was dependent on. Grateful for countless generations of indigenous seedkeepers who have saved carrot seed for millennia, we are thrilled to share a brand new variety of carrot, as delicious as she is reliable. We call her Dulcinea with a tip of the hat to her sweetness as well as Don Quixote’s muse, honoring Bolero’s Spanish roots.
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Planting Method: Direct Sow Only
When to sow: 2-3 weeks before last frost through mid-July
Sowing and seedling care: Sow 2 seeds/inch & keep soil moist to germinate (1-3 weeks). The longest, sweetest carrots thrive in deep, loose & fertile soil with ample moisture. (We plant radishes every 6 inches in the row & weed around the row as they germ.) Keep carrots well weeded as they grow.
Seed Depth: 1/4 inch Sun Needs: Full
Days to Germination: 7 days in 75°F; 21 days at 50°F
Spacing after thinning: 2 inches; 16-24 inches between rows
Height: 18 inches
Days to Harvest: 60
Harvest: Sweetest harvest is in fall 🙂
Seed Saving: Dulcinea is thrilled to be part of the Open Seed Source Initiative (OSSI), ensuring that her genetics will never be patented or in any way restricted. Such seeds are the heirlooms we make today to feed this and all generations to come 🙂
The OSSI Pledge
We have the freedom to use these OSSI-Pledged seeds in any way we choose. In return, we pledge not to restrict others’ use of these seeds or their derivatives by patents or other means, and to include this Pledge with any transfer of these seeds or their derivatives.