Saturday, February 11, 2012

14.1 Ounce Carrot

I usually don't like posting about the same topic twice in a row, but I don't have a choice. You have to see the ridiculous carrot I harvested yesterday.

14.1 ounce Chantenay Red Core carrot.
I was blown away when I plucked this Chantenay Red Core carrot from the garden. It is the largest carrot I've ever grown and weighs in at a respectable 14.1 ounces! The craziest part is that I didn't pay any attention to it after I planted it last fall. Sure, I watered religiously the first few weeks to make sure the soil was moist, but other than that I didn't do anything special or attempt to grow large veggies. No fertilizer, no plant growth hormone, nothing.

The above picture doesn't really do it justice. Some people have large hands, others have small hands. Mine are somewhere in the middle. So I decided to take another photo for scale and perspective.

14.1 ounce carrot meets a 12.0 ounce Newcastle Brown Ale.
People like me who never go to the gym and enjoy a beer or two sometimes joke about doing 12 ounce curls to stay in shape. I think I may toughen my workout by doing some 14.1 ounce curls instead.

Here's one final photo of the carrot. It's looking a little drab after spending the night in the fridge, but it is still a heavyweight.  Check it.

14.1 ounce carrot meets a 1/2 gallon of Stonyfield milk.
Seriously. That's a single carrot holding its own against a 1/2 gallon of milk. No Photoshop. Anybody else hauling trophy root vegetables from their garden?  


Anonymous said...

That is WILD. Let us know about the TASTE! Helen

Julie said...

Wow! That is one impressive carrot! Mine are still pathetic and puny. When did you plant it?

.09 Acres said...

Mid-September, if I remember correctly. They've been in the ground for quite some time.

1st Man said...

OMG, that's CRAZY!!! Love it. It looks delicious too. Keep us posted!

Anonymous said...

No wonder the government named your yard, "Area 52: Growswell"!!!

KL said...

That's indeed huge and beautiful. Did you grow it from seed? Please let me know what kind and from which company?

.09 Acres said...

1st Man, still haven't tasted it but I'll let you know.

TSF, thanks Mom!

KL, I started these carrots from seed. Chantenay Red Core seeds from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. You should try 'em!

What Pigs Don't Know said...

Dave that is truly AMAZING! Fantastic job! -Carrie

Gardens at Waters East said...

Now that's a carrot!!! I will try to beat you when mine get going - in about three months. Jack

Lisa B. said...

Good Golly! That is huge.