Domesticated from the wild carrot Daucus carota subsp. carota. It differs from its wild ancestor by being a shorter plant having larger, more palatable, less woody-textured edible taproots. It is also a smaller plant and more manageable for cultivation. Possibly originated from Persia and got distributed in Europe long time ago where now it widely cultivated in open fields.
Description, Habitat and Distribution
Habitat in Europe:
Cultivated throughout most of Europe for its edible root
Preferred habitat in Malta:
Frequent in cultivated areas with rare casual occurrences close to sites of prior cultivation such as such in field margins or fallow fields
Very similar to Daucus carota subsp. carota but is a smaller and lower plant with a large edible taproot, normally orange, but different colours such as yellow white or blackish-purple in other varieties and cultivars.
Most of Europe.
Distributional map in Europe and the Mediterranean region (2018):
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