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.
Use protective gloves and clothing when handling parsnip plants, as the shoots and leaves contain furanocoumarin, a chemical that can cause serious skin burns. Burning, tingling, redness and streak-like blisters may develop within 24 to 48 hours of exposure. Seek medical attention if a serious rash or blisters develop.
Hollow Crown Parsnip
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GERMINATION INFOPlanting and Harvesting Tips:
Start indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost of spring. Transplant outside after the soil has warmed to 65˚ to 75˚F. Sow one inch deep and space 12-18 inches apart in rows 3-4 feet apart. Plants prefer full sun and moist soil with plenty of organic matter.
- Parsnips need a long growing season, so sow as soon as the soil is workable.
- Loosen the soil to a depth of 12-15 inches and mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost.
- Sow 2 seeds per inch ½ an inch deep
- Seedlings will emerge in 2-3 weeks
Harvest daily with a sharp knife during hot weather — pods taste best when young and grow quickly past the stage of prime eating. Wear gloves and long sleeves for protection from spines.Green Thumb TipSow seeds outdoors when the soil has warmed. Tolerant of heat and drought, but not of cold. Keep well picked for higher yields.DIRECT SEED 2" ApartSEED DEPTH 1/2"THIN 6-8" Apart LIGHT Full Sun