Harris Model Parsnip
Dependable heirloom variety of a vegetable that should be grown and used more. Parsnips are one of the most cold-hardy and easy to grow of all vegetables, with a very sweet flavor when cooked, and a substantial heartiness that makes them perfect for comforting winter meals. I like them better than carrots in stews, and they are fantastic roasted. Frost makes the flavor 3 times as sweet, so plan on harvesting in winter. They are easiest to start in spring, so they have a long growing season, but are undemanding.
Here are the key facts for growing parsnips: 1)Start them early--they sprout best in cool soil. 2)Soak the seed for 6-8 hours, and rinse under running water before planting. This will rinse off the natural germination inhibitors that coat the seeds. (Nature does this to keep them from sprouting when there is inadequate water for the young plants.) 3)Do not give the plants manure or nitrogen fertilizer, which will make the roots hairy and forked. Parsnips don't need much besides deeply-dug soil and adequate water. In vegetable rotation, they should go after heavy-feeding crops and before new manure or fertilizer. 4) Longest roots come from raised beds or deeply-dug soils 5)Harvest after temperatures are cold in winter..