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~ & Root-Chicory Seed ~

Root Parsley is a new discovery for us that we are hoping you will all try out
as it is really nice, cold-hardy, and easy to grow.

Root Parsley is - as you might guess - parsley that has been bred to give a nice white root like a carrot.
It has a mild flavour and is slightly sweet, but not strong like parsnip. We really liked it.

We like this because it is easily grown, and stands overwinter, so it can help with your spring food supply for not much effort.

To help choose one for the catalogue, we thought we should investigate the varieties grown in the former Czechoslovakia, where they grow and eat 100,000 tons a year. We also found a handy scientific research paper that compared the taste, storage and growth of several different varieties. Out of that , we chose two, Atika & Orbis. This year we have seed of Orbis for you to grow, next year we will have Atika.

"Orbis" Root Parsley
This is a very good modern variety from the former national plant breeding research station in the Czech Republic. It was bred for long storage, high yields, and a nice white clour to the roots.

The roots are carrot-shaped, about 22cm long, and have a white skin. They are cooked just like carrots and are very easy to grow - sow direct in a seedbed from March onwards - if you can grow normal parsley (which is pretty easy) you can grow this.

Tasty veg you should all try

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The best of the lot was the Atika. It's a slow burn but well worth the wait. I grew one 15' row. I lost some at the start of the season with cats and the 3-year old. But what was left was great.

I had tonnes of tops for all sorts of things. I have a gallon of parsley wine ready to bottle now. It is interesting...that's all I'll say. I'll prime it in the bottle to encourage some yeast to give it a little sparkle and the yeastiness will complement the herb-savoury taste.

It is a wonderful veg used like parsnip but I used all the forked and stringy ones in stocks, stews, and under roasting meats. It adds a savoury quality that fills out the flavour, especially in sauces. I also tried a dandelion coffee type thing...doesn't work.

- Paul Fynn, feb 2012


~ Root-Chicory Seed ~

Root Chicory is a special type of chicory that has been bred to give a nice white root used much like parsnip.

"Chiavari" Root Chicory

Here we have something unusual - a rare and very special type of chicory from Liguria in the north of Italy, which has been bred not for its leaves, but instead for its long conical roots (much like a parsnip) which are used as a vegetable - boiled, mashed or roasted.

Chicory is very hardy and normally pretty easy to grow, so this should do well in most places. Sow it just like any other chicory, in early summer, for digging up the roots in autumn/winter.

Another adventurous veg you should all have a go with!

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