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February 10th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

Outta Control Carrots

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Ok, now that’s WAY outta control!

Puny carrots in the produce aisle in your local grocery store not turning your crank? Tokyobling blog ran across this carrot shown above at a supermarket in Tokyo.

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Apparently, it’s a breed called the “Javelot” long carrot (I can imagine where they get the name: what do you get when you cross a javelin with a carrot?) It is bred and sold by Exhibition Seeds.

But that’s not even close to the world record for longest carrot! Joe Atherton of Mansfield Woodhouse in Nottinghamshire is the Guinness World Record holder of the longest carrot ever recorded: 19 feet and 1.875 inches (5.84 m):

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Joe uses 21 feet long plastic tubes to grow his giant carrots. These are in effect pieces of guttering tied together to make a tube.

The tubes are filled with normal commercially available compost – Levingtons F2S – a free draining compost with a medium nutrient which is riddled before filling. No extra fertilisation is added throughout the process.

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The world record carrot was grown from the St Valery variety and took a total of 14 months to grow.

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The Carrot Museum has more on record-setting carrots: Link

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