Umbelliferae Daucus carota L.Source: Magness et al. 1971
Carrots, except for seed production, are grown as annuals. The plant consists of a crown of greatly compound leaves which rise directly from the top of the root, the edible portion. The root top or crown is about even with the soil surface. Roots of most varieties are broadest at top and tapering, from 4 or 5 to 10 or 12 inches long. For fresh market they are usually harvested when 1 to 1.5 inches maximum diameter.
Since plants are closely spaced - 1 to 2 or 3 inches - in the row, and grow slowly at the start, weed control is a major problem.
Production in U.S.: 875,000 tons.
Use: Fresh market, canned, frozen, for use in culinary and salads.
Part of plant consumed: Fleshy root.