Parsnip, Halblange Weisse SE (Organic)
Halblange Weisse is German for ‘half long white’ and this variety is truly half-long with bright white skin. The half-long trait (majority of the mass is near the top of the root which quickly tapers), combined with strong tops result in a parsnip that is notably easier to dig. This variety was a staple for our winter CSA; we planted them in late June for roots that could often be harvested by hand without a digging fork in December! Our strain was selected by the German biodynamic seed company, Bingenheimer Saatgut, and was stewarded for several seasons here in Oregon by our friend Gary Rondeau who also selected for flavor. We also have been selecting it heavily for shape and vigor.
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.