This season, the Spanish province of Salamanca has a 'sea of carrots' in an area equivalent to 34 football fields between the towns of Valverdón and Almenara de Tormes. It is the result of a project of producer Celestino Sánchez, who replaced the corn he had been growing until this year.
“I made the decision to switch to another crop because I saw that corn was not yielding the desired economic returns and I wanted to explore other alternatives. It was suggested to me to plant carrots; it seemed like an interesting idea and I have planted them in several plots,” says the producer.
The crop will be sold fresh to greengrocers and other establishments. The harvest is expected to start in September and will last for several weeks, depending on the market's needs. The prospect is to harvest a truck-full each day,” says Sánchez. The yield per hectare is estimated at between 60 and 70 tons.
The crop hasn't traditionally been grown in Salamanca, although in other provinces of Castile-Leon, such as Segovia, for example, it is well established.