I gleaned this carrot tips from the World Carrot Museum – a fabulous website devoted to the joys of all things carrot.
Drench the bed before harvesting to make it easier to yank the carrots out.
Grab the foliage at the crown and pull and twist upwards. If the green stuff breaks off, gently ease the carrot free with a smallish trowl.
Damaged carrots must be used straight away.
Don’t leave freshly harvested roots lying on the ground for long because they will attract carrot fly.
Cut off the leaves straight away. If you leave them on they suck moisture from the root.
Get them in the fridge as soon as you can. They go limp exposed to air.
Store in sand or sawdust away from heat, light and frost where they will keep for months.
Keep away from fruit such as apples, pears and spuds which produce ethylene gas. It will turn them bitter.
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Continued here:Carrot harvesting tips – Daily Mail (blog).