Hollow Crown Parsnip
Here is the Hollow Crown Parsnip, Pastinaca sativa. Some confuse this variety with the Parsnip Guernsey variety but in fact it is not the same but with a longer and wider root. This was a popular variety in the 1820's with very long cream colored roots that get to around 8 to 12 inches long and 2 to 3 inches wide! The plant can grow as tall as 6+ feet tall if left growing in it's second year. This is a biannual so make sure you harvest it the first year in late fall or early spring for best flavor. They have a sweet taste better then a carrot! Best to harvest them in colder weather for sweeter roots. Open pollinated start in June and harvest in late September or early spring before it bolts. 120 days.
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