Carrot rings are more popular than you think

By Robert Burgess
Tower Hill staff

Are you missing something super important, like a ring? Have you checked your carrot patch?

What seems like a very rare harvest has happened again. A long lost ring has been dug up in a garden, this time in England.

Ring found in England. Courtesy BBC.

Lin Keitch noticed something strange while washing her home-grown vegetables one day this summer. Wrapped around a carrot just dug up from her garden was her 40th birthday present from her husband Dave: a gold ring. It had been lost by their daughter 12 years ago. “I’m amazing the carrot grew through it,” Keitch told the BBC. We are too!

It’s the kind of thing you’d imagine reading about probably just once in your life. A lost ring sitting underground in just the right spot for a carrot to grow through. How many rings in the wrong spot must be out there or growing under a rotund beet never to be unearthed?! Surely, you’d have a better chance of winning the lottery or finding magic beans than engaging with jewelery-adorned carrot fingers.

But this kind of thing pops up more often than you think.

Ring found in Canadian garden. Courtesy ABC TV13

Last summer in Alberta, Canada, a woman who lost her engagement ring 13 years before while weeding her garden on the family farm was reunited with it after her daughter-in-law pulled it from the ground on a misshapen carrot.

A ring found in Germany. Photo courtesy AP.

In 2016 in Germany, an 82-year-old man found the gold wedding band he had lost three years before. Guess where it was? Wrapped around a carrot!

At this point we have a few questions? First, this seems to be an annual story, happening far more frequently than seems possible. And second, what is it about carrots finding rings like some organic metal detector or possessed Frodo?

I’ll continue to look closely at every carrot I pull up in my home garden, hoping to find the wedding band I lost about 15 years ago. Before I even gardened. Before I even lived in this county. There’s no logical reason it would be in my soil, or any soil anywhere. But these magic carrots seem capable of anything!

Robert Burgess is Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s public relations manager and a suburban homesteader.