CARROTS - SWEET AND RICH IN CAROTENE AND VITAMINS
A deep plough furrow and milling prevents legged carrots. The soil must be very fine, crumbly and well deposited. The significance of cultivation on ridges is increasingly replacing cultivation in beds. Advantages of cultivation on ridges include better harvesting conditions and improved quality, especially on heavy soils. During rainfall, the soil surface dries up faster, but in drier locations, this can quickly lead to a water shortage. The ridges are usually created at a distance of 50 or 75cm apart. The sowing time is from March to mid-June, depending on the region, variety, intended use and harvest time. A distinction is made between the production targets of carrots as industrial goods, fresh market goods (often with cabbage) and stored goods. With fresh market goods or use of a top lifting harvester, attention must also be paid to the health of the leaves. In controlled cold storage rooms, storage for up to six months is possible. The atmospheric conditions of the warehouse are also very important, as a high CO2 or ethylene content in the air leads to bitter carrots.