Parsnip, Bedford Monarch (Organic)
A very rare, old English parsnip variety with long, white roots that have broad shoulders and sweet flavor. The roots can get huge and therefore provide a very high yield of delicious goodness while at the same time breaking through soil hardpan to improve drainage for subsequent crops. During our 2006 Seed Ambassadors trip, we received this variety from the Irish Seed Savers Association, who said it is one of the sweetest parsnips they have trialed.
Direct sow 2-4 seeds per inch in rows 12” apart, April through late June. Keep moist to ensure good germination, which may take up to four weeks. Thin to 4” spacing for large, straight roots. Harvest after frost. A great choice for winter gardens.
Collect seeds from at least 20 plants (to avoid inbreeding) in their second year. Cut seed head when seeds are dry, remove seeds by hitting plants with a stick or by dancing. Winnow or screen to clean. Isolate from other parsnips by ½ mile.