Carrot Short n Sweet

Crunchy, munchy and so healthy!

Carrots are the mainstay of many of our gardens… and kitchens too! But this is no surprise as they are one of the easiest vegetables to grow and very healthy to eat. They are a good source of vitamin A and beta-carotene, as well as vitamin C and other beneficial nutrients.

‘Short n Sweet’…it’s kinda neat!

‘Short n Sweet’ is a variety that is easy to grow and full of vitamins too! This rich, sweet flavoured carrot has 10 cm roots that are bright orange to the centre. It was bred especially for heavy or poor soil and can also be grown in large containers. So, if you have not tried it before, we recommend adding this lovely treat to your sowing plans for next year!


How To Grow Carrot ‘Short n Sweet’

  • Sow outdoors from March to July
  • Make drills in the soil of a depth of about 1cm, leaving about 30cm between each drill.
  • Sow carrot seed thinly along the drill and cover with soil.
  • Water and keep moist until germination, around 10-20 days.
  • When the carrot seedlings are large enough to handle they will need thinning out.


Carrot Short n Sweet

How Was Carrot ‘Short n Sweet’ Created?

Short n Sweet was developed as a selection from an old French Chantenay type, with the bright orange core seen in the Royal Chantenay types rather than the typical red core. Special attention was paid to a smaller rooted type in the breeding process so that Short n Sweet can be grown as easily in a large patio container as they can in the soil. Taste has always been at the forefront of the selection process and the distinctive, sweet flavour of the Chantenay type has been maintained in ‘Short n Sweet’. Flavour and size combined with excellent resistance to foliage and root diseases makes this an adaptable and very useful variety.

What’s Different About This Plant?

It was bred especially for heavy or poor soil and can also be grown in large containers.

Carrot, Chickpea & Kale Moroccan Style Stew Recipe

Carrot Chickpea & Kale Stew


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion – diced
  • 6 “short & sweet” carrots – peeled and cut into 2 cm half-moons
  • 4 garlic cloves – peeled and chopped
  • 2tsp harissa paste
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 medium tomatoes alternatively use 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 500 ml vegetable stock
  • 2 tins of chickpeas – drained from liquid
  • 1 handful of curly kale or spinach
  • 1 tbsp of low-fat crème fraiche (optional)
  • Sprig of coriander
  • Salt & pepper for seasoning


  1. In a large pan, place the olive oil over a medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped onions, carrots & garlic, stir well and sauté for 5 to 6 minutes.
  3. Add the fennel seeds, harissa paste, cumin, coriander, smoked paprika and tomato paste to the pan and stir well. It will form a thick paste.
  4. Then add the tomatoes to the pan and cook for another 5 to 6 minutes, until reduced down.
  5. Add the vegetable stock & the chickpeas to the pan and season with the salt and pepper, cook for 15 minutes until the stew looks a good consistency and glossy.
  6. Finally, add a handful of kale a couple of minutes before finishing cooking so that the kale doesn’t discolour.
  7. Taste and adjust more Harissa if necessary.

To serve

Place the stew in a large bowl and garnish with a blob of crème fraiche & chopped fresh coriander


You can add a lovely piece of grilled marinated salmon and place it on top of the stew. Delicious! This dish can be made vegan without the crème fraiche.

Where Can You Plant Carrot ‘Short n Sweet’?

Carrots are usually sown directly in open soil, but can also be grown in containers.

Where Can You Buy Carrot ‘Short n Sweet’

Plants of Distinction Marshalls Otter Farm Mr Fothergills Pennard Plants

About Burpee Europe

Simon - Burpee Europe

Simon Crawford, plant breeder and managing director of Burpee Europe

Our passion at Burpee Europe is to develop new tasty, disease resistant vegetables and also stunning flowers for use by home gardeners around the world and to encourage the cultivation of gardens by individuals and communities. We see our mission as not only the introduction of new and improved varieties but also the communication of the benefits, both physical and mental, of gardening.

Our seeds are sold through a selection of the top seed companies in the UK and have won numerous awards including those from the Royal Horticultural Society.

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