Thursday, January 31, 2019

Plants in Early American Gardens - Hollow Crown Parsnip

Hollow Crown Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa cv.)

The wild parsnip, native to Great Britain and Europe, was recorded in English garden books and herbals by 1548. Thomas Jefferson planted parsnips in the Monticello vegetable garden from 1774 to 1823. Grown since the early nineteenth century, Hollow Crown Parsnip is one of the oldest varieties still in cultivation, and boasts long, sweet, white roots.

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