February 19, 2019

A Ferocious Root

Purple Dragon carrot

Janine Pineo Photo - Purple Dragon carrot

Purple Dragon carrot is that wild combination of purple skin and yellow-orange core that catches the eye and captures the imagination. Why? Because so much of what is sold for fruits and vegetables is unendingly uniform, when the reality of vegetables is that a host of options exist. Purple Dragon was bred by John Navazio, a senior scientist at the Organic Seed Alliance. The Seed Savers Exchange 2012 catalog quotes Navazio on his take on keeping varieties diverse: “I did this with ‘Dragon’ by consciously leaving all three color combos in; purple with orange core, purple with yellow core and the three-tone purple with yellow and orange core.”