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I just removed a carrot that I grew in my backyard. It is very different from the carrot you get in the supermarket. Wondering why the core is yellow instead of orange. The taste is not great either.

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    You might want to have a look at this Q/A over at Seasoned Advice. – Stephie Apr 18 '16 at 12:27
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The outside is just fine. Supermarkets and the farms that feed them throw away carrots that aren't "perfect", giving the myth that there is exactitude to the shape of the carrots

The inside is a different story. Does it taste woody or too tender? It appears that the carrot is either too ripe or too tender.

You have to check your zone and also try to identify the variety you are growing to see what the right gestation period is for pulling carrots.

If I had to bet, I actually think you pulled this one too soon.

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  • Somewhat off-topic, but an article defining this "perfection" I described above: washingtonpost.com/opinions/… – Srihari Yamanoor Apr 18 '16 at 5:03
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    It is likely I left it in too long. It was quite large when I pulled it out. – JStorage Apr 18 '16 at 5:33
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    Taste was a bit bland but it was nice and crispy – JStorage Apr 18 '16 at 17:32
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    Unfortunately, I only had one carrot plant. There is another one but that is still in the ground – JStorage Apr 18 '16 at 17:51
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    We all make mistakes and sometimes, even when we do things right, the results are not what we would like. Hope your second one does a whole lot better and the next season you plant more! – Srihari Yamanoor Apr 18 '16 at 21:39

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