Parsnip, Sugar Hollow Crown

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PARSNIP, Sugar Hollow Crown –
Pastinaca sativa

FULL SUN Native to Europe where they have been cultivated for centuries, parsnips were brought to the US by the first colonists in 1609. They are a much beloved vegetable in England, and they have become popular with northern vegetable gardeners in the US. Introduced in 1850, Sugar Hollow Crown is still the most widely grown parsnip in the US. The creamy white roots are 10-15 in. long, 3 in. wide, and tapered. Flesh is creamy white, very sweet, fine grained, extremely frost hardy. Excellent storage. Sugar Hollow Crown can be sown in the early spring for a fall-winter crop and in early fall for a following year spring crop. In the spring, plant as soon as the ground can be worked. Soil should be deeply spaded before planting and amended with bone meal for stronger root development and lime to sweeten the parsnips. Rows should be 18 in. apart. When seedlings are 2 in. high, thin, leaving 4 in. between plants.
Parsnips need exposure to frosts to sweeten, so do not harvest until after a few frosts.

Type Spacing Planting Depth Days to Germination Maturity
Parsnip 4 in. 1/2 in. 21+ 120

Parsnip, Sugar Hollow Crown

Parsnips have been cultivated for their sweet roots since ancient times. The Romans frequently grew the vegetables. In fact, Emperor Tiberius adored parsnips and, every year, had them brought from France where the colder climate allowed the roots to develop a sweeter flavor. The British are particularly fond of parsnips. It was British colonists that introduced the vegetable into the New World in 1609. Parsnips are native to Europe, but they have been introduced throughout the world, and because they are so hardy, they now grow wild having escaped from cultivated gardens in many areas. The parsnip requires a long growing season, but the distinctive sweet flavor of the root will only develop after a hard frost. Though the parsnip is grown in the southern part of the United States, it has become a favorite of cold climate gardeners. Because it is one of the hardiest vegetables, it can overwinter easily with careful mulching.

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