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A special Kintoki-type carrot, traditionally eaten on the Japanese New Year. Shiny, sweet red carrots have an exceptional texture and caramel-y flavor. Slender roots grow to 10-12”. Striking in stir-fries, salads or simply steamed or roasted, which brings out the caramel flavor. Carrots require light and fluffy soil in full sun, with adequate moisture, but only average fertility. Surface-sow; press in gently and provide consistent irrigation. Must be planted in late summer, fall, winter. Not for spring planting. Frost-hardy. Photo courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seed.

  • Days to germinate: 12-18
  • Days to maturity: 70-90
  • Sow outdoors at last frost date and keep moist; don’t overfertilize
  • Seed spacing: 2-3”
  • Seed depth: 1/8”
  • Produce size: 8”
  • Yield: 1 carrot per seed
  • Mature plant height: 10-12” (not including carrot tops)
  • Suitable for container growing: Yes.
  • Year of discovery: Approx. 1712; of Japanese origin, inspired by the ancient Chinese encyclopedia

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