~ PARSNIP Seed ~
'Tender & True' Parsnip
A very well known traditional parsnip variety making large, strongly-flavoured conical white roots (much as you would expect from a parsnip, really!).
Our friend Tony Haigh is very fond of them, and tends to put them in everything, from curry to quiche. While this is a fantastic parsnip, we are not completely convinced about this, and think they are best roasted in the normal manner.
First roots ready from late August onwards, but we usually keep them in the ground until later in the year.
Order PaTT - lots of nice fresh seed £1.93
Saving Parsnip Seed is easy:
Parsnips make tall flower-heads of little yellow flowers in their second year, soon followed by huge numbers of papery seeds.
Leave a good number of only the very best and biggest
roots in the ground overwinter for your seed crop,
And pull up any that start to flower long before the others, you don't want to develop a strain that has a tendency to bolt!
You can only let one variety go to seed each year, as
they cross easily. Other than that, parsnip is very easy to save seed
Radish and turnip also produce seed in their second
year, so the process is similar.
Basic seed-saving instructions are included with your seeds, so you can do this yourself.
There are more detailed home-seed saving guides (printable) over to the left of this page,
in the box titled 'SeedSaving', with sheets on drying and storing your seed too.
And of course, seed-saving is only possible because these are all real, non-hybrid varieties.