The breeders of Bejo are working on varieties for the future. Breeding robust varieties with disease resistance is high on the list of priorities. This season we are highlighting a new variety in the mid-early Nantes carrot type: Nagoya. With its nice, smooth and cylindrical carrots, this carrot variety is strong against cavity spot and has got a very good standing ability in the field.

Cavity spot is a problem in a growing number of countries and regions. It causes small, in some cases sunken lesions to appear on the carrot. The infected area later increases in size due to the natural growth in length and girth of the carrot, and the outer skin will rupture, to leave an oval, open cavity with a frayed edge. Due to its strongness against cavity spot, Nagoya gives long, slim roots.

Nagoya joined our assortment of mid-early Nantes carrots recently. The variety is similar to Nairobi, is more slender and has stronger foliage. Area Crop Manager Robert Schilder says: “It gives high yields and produces nice, smooth, cylindrical carrots.” Nagoya has excellent internal and external colour and scrubs up beautifully. It is also strong against cracking during harvesting and processing, helping to increase yields. Nagoya presents itself remarkably well after washing.

It gives high yields and produces nice, smooth, cylindrical carrots

Robert Schilder

In the Netherlands, this variety is positioned between the earliest carrots and the later Nerac segment. It has shown promising results there and in the UK and Denmark. Since Nagoya grows long roots relatively easily, it suits heavier clay and peat soils, such as those in Lancashire, England. In Denmark it’s sold mostly as a storage crop to be kept under straw (with a yearly yield of 45 tons) and plastic sheets.

Bejo’s carrot varieties are widely used in practice by cultivation specialists. We have a wide range of varieties in all carrot types, suitable for both fresh market and processing industry. During the product development phase we take into account the demands of all parties in the food chain, from growers through to consumers. Resistance to diseases, foliage quality, production, uniformity, shape, colour, smoothness and shelf life are all examples of properties used by our breeders during the stringent selection process.

Carrot is a worldwide known vegetable, which can be used in every dish at any moment of the day. The possibilities are huge!