Growing Harris Model Parsnip Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Pastinaca sativa
- Days to Maturity: 130 days
- Hardiness Zone: 2-9
- Planting Depth: 1/2”
- Plant Spacing: 1”, thin to 2-3”
- Row Spacing: 2’
- Soil Preference: Well-drained soil with a pH of 6.0-6.8
- Temp Preference: Warm
- Light Preference: Full sun
- Pests/diseases: Willow-carrot aphid, downy mildew, powdery mildew
- Color: White roots
- Flavor: Sweet
Harris Model Parsnip Growth Habits:
Parsnips may not grow straight, unless you plant them in sandy, loamy soil or peat soil. Direct seed open-pollinated Harris Model Parsnip seeds 1/2” deep, approximately 1” apart, thinning to 2-3”. The seeds require constant moisture until germination occurs in about 3 weeks. After summer, when the parsnips are mature, you can leave them in the soil and harvest them when necessary. They get sweeter the longer they stay in the ground, especially after a light frost.
Various Uses for Harris Model Parsnip:
Usually, to get their optimal sweet flavor, parsnips grown from heirloom Harris Model seeds are cooked instead of eaten raw. Like potatoes or carrots, they are wonderful roasted, sautéed, mashed or pureed. You can store parsnips in a root cellar, or can or freeze them.
Harris Model Parsnip Benefits:
Like all parsnips, those grown from non-GMO Harris Model seeds are a great source of vitamins A and C. These 2 vitamins act as antioxidants, which help counter the damage that free radicals do to cells. They are also believed to help prevent diabetes, heart disease and cancer. This ancient root vegetable also contains the mineral potassium, which helps with heart function and reduces the risk of kidney stones. Finally, parsnips have a lot of fiber. This helps minimize the chances of suffering from hemorrhoids, ulcers, and diverticulitis. Fiber also helps reduce cholesterol and regulate blood sugar levels.
Before Europeans discovered sugar and began to export it, they used parsnips to sweeten jams and desserts.
Although not common, you may get a rash from touching the foliage of the plant. If this occurs, wear long sleeve and gloves when handling parsnip.
Seeds Per Package:
- 3 g - Approximately 280 Seeds
- 1 oz - Approximately 8,000 Seeds
- 4 oz - Approximately 32,000 Seeds
- 1 lb - Approximately 128,000 Seeds
- 5 lb - Approximately 640,000 Seeds