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New exhibition and culinary parsnip

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Mad parsnips at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show 2016
Mad parsnips at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show 2016

Parsnip TZ9045 hailed by show bench growers

Parsnip TZ9045 F1 by DT Brown
Parsnip TZ9045 F1 by DT Brown. Picture; Jim Pearson

We all love exhibition veg, whether we grow them or not, and a new, British-bred parsnip has caused a stir among National Vegetable Society (NVS) members.

DT Brown included a trial packet of parsnip TZ9045 F1 in an issue of the NVS’s Simply Veg magazine to gauge members’ opinions.

Feedback was so good, the company is now offering the parsnip seed exclusively in the Fruit and Vegetable Grower’s Seed and Plant Catalogue 2017.

The variety is already making its mark on the show benches, with its clean, white skin. One grower at the Malvern Autumn Show
2016 said he had been able to enter the same parsnip root into two different shows, two weeks apart, which is virtually unheard of in the world of exhibiting vegetables.

Leading parsnip exhibitor Jim Pearson regards TZ9045 as ‘a remarkable and outstanding new variety for the show bench’.

It is also an excellent culinary variety, with a shallow crown and canker-resistance. The roots are harvestable for up to six months and are long and plump, with a lovely sweet flavour. A packet of 200 seeds costs £1.79.

To request a copy of the new Fruit and Vegetable Grower’s Seed and Plant Catalogue 2017, write to DT Brown Seeds, Bury Road, Newmarket CB8 7PQ, telephone 0845 371 05 32, or visit www.dtbrownseeds.co.uk.

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