Carrots, depending on the variety, can range in size from small to large and typically average 10-25 centimetres in length. The roots have an elongated, slender shape that can be conical, cylindrical, or slightly irregular depending on growing conditions and the individual cultivar. The skin is smooth, firm, covered in tiny root hairs, and ranges in Colour from shades of orange, yellow, purple, black, red, to white. Underneath the surface, the flesh generally matches the skin Colour and is dense, crisp, and slightly aqueous with a snap-like quality. Carrots are crunchy when raw with a sweet or bitter, earthy flavour, and the leaves are also edible with an herbaceous, parsley-like taste.