It has very little in the way of a tap root; it must have taken some determined plant-breeding to arrive at today's vegetable.
Wild Carrot is typical of roadsides, grassy places and chalky soils, for example, downland and chalk clifftops. The seedheads resembles a bird's nest. The spiny seeds can be spread by any passing animal, which is probably how it originally arrived in our garden.
Culpeper on Carrots
. . . though Galen commended garden carrots highly to break wind, yet experience teacheth they breed it first, and we may thank nature for expelling it, not they; the seeds of them expel wind indeed, and so mend what the root marreth.Nicholas Culpeper (1616 - 54), English physician.
Related LinkCulpeper's Herbal complete text of The English physitian: or an astrologo-physical discourse of the vulgar herbs of this nation (1654), from a copy in the medical library of Yale University. The herbs are arranged in alphabetical order of their English names.
Next page of the diary