< Back to Newsletters

Carrot Seed

Carrot Seed

Carrot Seed(Wild) Oil/Daucus carota-France

Before she has her floor swept
Or her dishes done,
Any day you'll find her
A-sunning in the sun!

It's long after midnight
Her key's in the lock,
And you never see her chimney smoke
Till past ten o'clock!

She digs in her garden
With a shovel and a spoon,
She weeds her lazy lettuce
By the light of the moon,

She walks up the walk
Like a woman in a dream,
She forgets she borrowed butter
And pays you back cream!

Her lawn looks like a meadow,
And if she mows the place
She leaves the clover standing
And the Queen Anne's lace!
Edna St. VincentMillay: Portrait by a Neighbour

Origin of Queen Anne's Lace(a common name for Wild Carrot/Daucus carota)
The original wild-type carrots were thin, wiry, and varied in color from white to purple, but not the common orange that we see today. Wild-type carrots are also known as Queen Anne's Lace. The origin of the name is based upon an English legend. Supposedly, when the future Queen Anne arrived from Denmark to became the queen of King James I of England, wild carrot was still a novelty in the royal gardens. The legend states that Queen Anne challenged the ladies of the court to a contest to see who could produce a pattern of lace as lovely as the flower of the carrot. The ladies knew that no one could rival the queen's handiwork so it became a triumph for Anne (Haughton, 1978). Other common names for wild carrot are bird's-nest and devil's-plague. http://www.siu.edu/~ebl/leaflets/carrot.htm

Origin of the name Carrot
carrot, carotene, from Greek karoton, carrot (from its hornlike shape).
The source word is ker and Indo-Eurpean word.
ENTRY: ker-1
DEFINITION: Horn, head; with derivatives referring to horned animals, horn-shaped objects, and projecting parts. Oldest form *er-, beco ming *ker- in centum languages. Derivatives include horn, unicorn, hornet, reindeer, migraine, cheer, rhinoceros, and cerebrum.

Plant Description---
Its root is small and spindle shaped, whitish, slender and hard, witha strong aromatic smell and an acrid, disagreeable taste, very different to the reddish, thick, fleshy, cultivated form, with its pleasant odour and peculiar, sweet, mucilaginous flavour. It penetrates some distance into the ground, having only a few lateral rootlets.
The stems are erect and branched, generally about 2 feet high, tough and furrowed. Both stems and leaves are more or less clothed with stout coarse hairs.
The leaves are very finely divided, the lowest leaves considerably larger than the upper; their arrangement on the stem is alternate, and all the leaves embrace the stem with the sheathing base, which is so characteristic of this group of plants, the Umbelliferae, to which the Carrot belongs.
The blossoms are densely clustered together in terminal umbels, or flattened heads, inwhich the flower-bearing stalks of the head all arise from one point in rays, like the ribs of an umbrella, each ray again dividing in the case of the Carrot, in like manner to form a secondary umbel, or umbellule of white flowers, the outer ones of which are irregular and larger than the others.
The Wild Carrot is in bloom from June to August, but often continues flowering much longer.
The flowers themselves are very small, but from their whiteness and number, they form a conspicuous head nearly flat while in bloom, or slightly convex, but as the seeds ripen, the umbels contract, the outer rays, which are to begin with 1 to 2 inches long, lengthening and curving inwards, so that the head forms a hollow cup hence one of the old popular names for the plant - Birds' Nest. The fruit is slightly flattened, with numerous bristles arranged in five rows. The ring of finely-divided and leaf-like bracts at the point where the umbel springs is a noticeable feature.
The Carrot is well distinguished from other plants of the same order by having the central flower of the umbel, or sometimes a tiny umbellule, of a bright red or deep purple colour, though there is a variety, Daucus maritimus, frequent in many parts of the seacoast in the south of England, which differs in having somewhat fleshy leaves and no central purple flower. In this case, all the flowers of the head have usually a somewhat pinkish tinge. There was a curious superstition that this small purple flower of the Carrot was of benefit for mitigating epilepsy.
http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/c/carwil25.html

Images
http://caliban.mpiz-koeln.mpg.de/~stueber/thome/band3/tafel_070.html
splendid botanical image of wild carrot plant
http://www.woodrow.org/teachers/bi/2000/Ethnobotany/queen_anne_s_lace.html good photos

 

Edible Uses
Root - cooked[55]. Thin and stringy[K]. The flower clusters can be french-fried to produce a carrot-flavoured gourmet's delight[183]. The aromatic seed is used as a flavouring in stews etc[55, 183]. The dried roasted roots are ground into a powder and are used for making coffee[183].

http://ars-genome.cornell.edu:80/cgi-bin/WebAce/webace?seme=2&db=ethnobotdb&class=Taxon&object=Daucus%20carota
country by country details of ethnobotanical uses

Essential Oil of Carrot Seed
Physical Description: yellow or amber-colored to pale orange-brown mobile liquid
Olfactory description: slightly pungent, dry, earthy topnote. Woody-rooty odor provides a nice base upon which the top note sits, The woody note has something in common with some of the rich precious notes found in sandalwood. The earthy note has something in common with the odor one detects when smelling rain falling on dry soil. It(the earthy note) is slightly sharp.The combination of the woody-earthy note is very tenacious. Deep into the dryout one can also detect a peppery note which causes the olfactory receptors to pleasantly tingle .
Perfume Uses:blends well with citrus oils, costus, cassie and mimosa, fougeres, chypres, geranium, cedarwood

Phytochemicals in Carrot Seed,Wild/Daucus carota(French distilled)
a-pinene 9.51%
Odor Description : Fresh Sweet Pine Earthy Woody
camphene 0.50
Odor Description : Fresh Herbal Woody Camphor Mint
sabinene 9.18
Odor Description : Woody Terpene Citrus Pine With Spice Nuance
b-pinene 1.64
Odor Description : Sweet Fresh Pine Woody Hay Green
myrcene 2.06
Odor Description : Fresh Peppery Terpy Spicy Balsam Plastic
limonene 1.08
Odor Description : Lemon Citrus Citral Fresh Sweet
linalol 0.46
Odor Description : Fresh Floral Sweet Woody Green Natural
geraniol 4.00
Odor Description : Sweet Rose Wax
geranyl acetate 4.26
Odor Description : Sweet Fruit Rose Lavender Fresh Green Fatty Terpene
daucene 2.90
a-cedrene 1.85
Odor Description : Woody Amber Tobacco Sandalwood Fresh Linalyl Acetate Patchouli
cis-b-farnesene 1.01
beta-caryophyllene 8.48
Odor Description : Sweet Woody Spice Clove Dry
trans-b-farnesene 3.29
b-bisabolene 3.99
balsamic
caratol 21.30
daucol 0.28
a-bisabolene 3.50
Odor Description : Mild Floral Peppery Note Other

Phytochemicals found in the seed not listed in the analysis-
2-OCTANONE, ALPHA-CURCUMENE, ALPHA-GURJUNENE, ALPHA-LINOLENIC-ACID, ASARALDEHYDE, ASARONE , AZULENE , BERGAMOTENE, BETA-IONONE , BETA-SELINENE, CAMPHOR, CARVONE, CITRAL, CITRONELLYL-ACETATE, CUMINALDEHYDE, DAUCARIN, DAUCENE , DELTA-3-CARENE, ELEMICIN, EUGENOL, GERANIOL, GERANYL-ACETONE , GERANYL-FORMATE, GERANYL-ISOBUTYRATE, KAEMPFEROL , P-CYMEN-8-OL, TRANS-BETA-BERGAPTENE
http://www.ars-grin.gov/duke/chem-activities.html

Price for Carrot Seed Essential oil/French grown and distilled sample-$2 1 ounce-$9 4 ounces-$33 8 ounces-$61 16 ounces-$110 32 ounces-$190 :

A very important note
Dear Friends-A number of people have asked me if I can provide the actual EcoCert certificate with each of the oils that bears that designation. So here is the way EcoCert works. The farmer and distiller who gain EcoCert certification have a special license that is associated with that crop and that oil. The distiller is able to use the EcoCert logo and license number on those oils which are distilled from organically grown crops. Naturally the address of the distiller is on the label with the logo and license number. A separate certificate is not issued with each oil that is independent of the the distiller who offers it. So what it means is that for now you will have to trust me that I am, in fact, selling the EcoCert oils. It may be possible for me to get a special license from EcoCert to sell the organic oils under my own label. This will inevitably cause the price of the oils to rise even more as I will have to pay for the license and some sort of auditing from EcoCert. I will proceed with that process once I see if there is a great enough interest in the EcoCert Oils. I am super enthusiastic about the quality of the oils and all the steps that go into raising the crops organically. I will be added another 25 organic oils within the next 2 months. Hope that all makes sense.
Friendly regards, Christopher