[Sca-cooks] Early Period varieties of vegetables

Terry Decker t.d.decker at att.net
Thu Apr 26 03:08:57 PDT 2012

All in all. this is probably the most complete and accurate collection of 
carrot information on the web.  John works from a wide range of scientific 
and historic sources and provides reference to many of those sources.  He is 
constantly in the process of finding new information and adding it to his 
site.  I've found some flaws between his general introduction and his 
specific data, but no worse than some I've found in professional academic 

In the case you are citing, both statements can be correct as there is no 
differention here between the varietals.  The midden find, from time and 
place, is almost certainly Queen Anne's Lace.  There is some question as to 
when colored carrots arrived in England, but some suthorities will back an 
early 14th Century introduction.  The early red/orange varietals that became 
our modern carrot were introduced to England in the 15th Century.


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Personally, I'd be a little cautious about the carrot museum's info. On one 
page they say that carrots were introduced to England in, I believe, the 
14th c, and on another they talk about the York midden find-9th c , I think. 
It's been a while since I looked at the site, but I recall tinking there 
were an awful lot of very definite statements with not a lot to support 


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