Saturday, July 18, 2009
Yesterday I harvested my square of Chantenay Red Core Carrots. I planted these on 4/11 and they sprouted on 4/25. The seed packet says they should be ready in 65-70 days but my time from planting to harvest was 97 days. I imagine that is due to the rainy and cloudy weather we've had this summer. There were 4 or 5 large ones, the rest were medium and some were still small. I think I probably didn't thin them enough. After trimming the tops, the total weight was 14 and 3/4 ounces. I'm happy with the harvest. We ate the baby sized ones on a salad for lunch. For dinner, I quartered the larger carrots and braised them with 1/2 cup of broth, 1 tbsp of butter and a dash of salt. I cooked them in a covered pan for about 15 minutes, and then uncovered to let some of the liquid evaporate. I tossed in some fresh thyme. They were very tasty.