Equator Gringos

October 22, 2008

Carrot Head

Filed under: Ecuador — lstollin @ 9:26 pm

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If you don’t live in Ecuador, you probably haven’t seen carrots like these. In the US a carrot this size — if you could find one — would be about as tender as a giant Sequoia, but here they’re fine, just plain good eatin’.

I’ve seen pictures of cabbages in Alaska the size of VW bugs (or thereabouts) — supposedly that’s because of the long hours of daylight during the otherwise short growing season. What’s the story here? Is it the volcanic soil? The cool weather? The nearly exact 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night? Is it how the Coriolis winds cancel each other out on the Equator? So far, Wikipedia has nothing about this big fat stubby carrot phenomenon.

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1 Comment »

  1. Luke, I suddenly thought of looking up your blog and found several new entries. Thank you – These carrots are pretty huge – one would last a week!

    Comment by Bettye Kelso — November 15, 2008 @ 4:26 pm


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