VRCAR-252 (INGR22088): Anthocyanin-rich petaloid-CMS line of black carrot with better heterotic potential
The storage root of cultivated carrot (Daucus carota subsp. sativus) is one of the richest sources of various pigments and has commercial significance globally. It is broadly categorized into two segments, i.e., anthocyanin/purple group (Black and Rainbow carrot) and carotenoid group (Orange, Red and Yellow carrot) on the basis of the presence of root pigments. Black carrot root is comprised with dark purple (solid purple) pigmentation of both root exterior (epidermal layer) and root interior [cortex (outer-phloem), phloem and xylem (core)]; and is one of the greatest sources of anthocyanins possessing very high antioxidative ability.