What Color Is a Carrot? (Hint: Not Just Orange!)

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When you start gardening, you’re bound to learn about so many different varieties of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs than you’d ever imagined. Take carrots for example. What color is a carrot? Orange, you might say, but that’s not always entirely correct.

The color of carrots can vary depending on what kind of carrots you grow or buy. Look at the lovely rainbow carrots as one option if you’re getting bored of just plain orange carrots.

You can have a lot of fun growing different colors of carrots in the garden

Let’s check out some cool carrot colors you can try!

What color is a carrot - not just orange! Here are some white and purple rainbow carrots, too.
What color is a carrot – not just orange! Here are some white and purple rainbow carrots, too. Saw these at Giant Grocery Store in PA, 2022.

What color is a carrot?

Usually, the common carrots we all know and love are orange. However, this isn’t always the case. You will find different colored carrots if you look for them. Rainbow carrots may come in purple, yellow, red, and white. You ay also find very dark purple, almost black carrots as well.

Many of these fun color carrots also bring a big flavor to the table, making them more than just a cool novelty to grow.

What are some cool types of colored carrots?

Park Seed offers Rainbow Carrots with really fun names, like Atomic Red, Cosmic Purple, Solar Yellow, Lunar White, and Bambino, which is dark orange. Meanwhile, Baker Creek sells Longue Rouge Sang Carrot, which looks like a beautiful ombre purple to red to orange hue blend.

Baker Creek also offers a vivid carrot called Purple Dragon Carrot, which is like a bright magenta skin on the outside and bright orange on the inside. Another unique one to check out is Pusa Asita Black Carrot, also by Baker Creek.

(All of these beautiful, colorful carrots are now on my seed wish list!)

Final Thoughts: What Color Is a Carrot?

Now that you know you can find carrots in a kaleidoscope of color, I hope you’ll have fun trying or growing new kinds.

You might be able to find baby rainbow carrots by Cal-Organic Farms for sale at Walmart, Kroger, or on Instacart, among others. Your region’s selection may vary.

Carrots hold high rank as one of America’s top 3 favorite vegetables according to a recent poll by Green Giant as reported by ProduceBlueBook.com. Kids often love carrots because they are sweet.

It’s debatable if carrots are tastier cooked or raw. I think I prefer them raw, but you really can’t go wrong with this healthy veggie.

Bunches of Rainbow Carrots at the Grocery Store - Purple, White and Orange
Bunches of Rainbow Carrots at the Grocery Store – Purple, White and Orange

I hope I’ve sufficiently answered the question what color is a carrot, to help you with any plans you may have in store in the kitchen, garden, or both.

If you plan to grow carrots in your garden this year, take a leap and try growing something different from traditional orange carrots.

Have you tried growing or eating rainbow carrots? Did I miss any other carrot colors?

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