Andover Parsnip - Organic


Andover Parsnip - Organic

Pastinaca sativa
(120 days) Open-pollinated. Always a best-seller when we have the seed for this outstanding variety—an absolute knockout in our trials. Those with good tilth can anticipate consistent production of refined tapered cylindrical roots 12–14" long. Developed by UMinn. One of the best for grating and stuffing into eggrolls, strudels and veggie pies. BACK!

*All sale seed exceeds Fedco’s quality standards in addition to the federal germination standards. Discounted item sales are final and ineligible for refund or replacement. Volume discounts apply.

OGThis item is certified organic

2306 Andover - Organic
Item Discounted
A: 1/8oz for $2.25   
sale!* was $3.00
B: 1/2oz for $6.00   
sale!* was $8.00
C: 1oz for $10.50   
sale!* was $14.00
D: 4oz for $36.00   
sale!* was $48.00
E: 1lb for $131.25   
sale!* was $175.00

Additional Information


  • About 5,600 seeds/oz. ⅛ oz packet sows 25 ft; 1 oz, 200 ft.
  • Open-pollinated unless otherwise noted.
  • Days to maturity are from direct seeding

Culture: Seed is short-lived; if you are planning to use old seed, germ test in paper towels before sowing. Minimum germination temperature 46°, optimal range 55–77°. Slow to germinate (14–21 days). Prepare a deep seedbed and keep it moist with frequent watering until emergence. Sow about 1" apart in mid-spring. Thin to 2–3". Parsnips require a full growing season. Suitable for harvest after frost for late fall delights. Parsnips left to overwinter in the ground will nearly triple their fall sugar content. For the best early spring treats, harvest as soon as possible before the plants resume growth. Roots become more woody as the plants re-grow.

Seed Saving: Save some plants for seed in year 2. Plants will shoot up 6' before July-Aug. Homegrown parsnip seed often is better and more viable than any you can buy on the market.

In his book Gene Everlasting: A Contrary Farmer’s Thoughts on Living Forever, Gene Logsdon suggests that we humans have much to learn from parsnips about how to achieve life everlasting. “First cultivate an independent ornery reliability that will draw admiration from everyone. Second develop a distinctive personality as parsnips do, with a taste appreciated only by the discerning minority, not the herd-like majority, and third don’t try to look too pretty in public.”

Germination Testing

For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.

Our Seeds are Non-GMO


All of our seeds are non-GMO, and free of neonicotinoids and fungicides. Fedco is one of the original companies to sign the Safe Seed Pledge.