Carrots can be used anytime they are 1/2 inch or more in diameter. Carrots will reach a minimum diameter of 3/4 to 1 inch about 60 to 70 days after planting. At that time, harvest them over a 3- to 4-week period. Very large carrots may be woody or tough and have lower sugar contents. Finish harvest before the ground freezes.

Use Storage Method 1. Remove tops before storage. Carrots will keep 4 to 6 months.

Nutrition note: 1/2 cup cooked carrots contains 35 calories and 2.5 grams of fiber. Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A (383% DV). Color = yellow/orange, purple.

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