Parsnip, Kral Russian (Organic)
You may think you know parsnips once you have seen a parsnip, but, think again. This is the most unique parsnip we have ever seen and never would have guessed there could be a parsnip like this. A heritage Russian variety with a beet-shaped, bulbous root. This certainly makes for a very easy harvest, oftentimes requiring no digging! Extremely cold hardy and also produces well in shallow or heavy soils. Smooth off-white skin and good sweet flavor. Original seed given to The Seed Ambassadors Project in 2007 by the Heritage Seed Library in England.
Seed produced by Avoca in Corvallis, Oregon.
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.