90 days — Petroselinum crispum) This heirloom dates to the pre-1600's and is grown for its large roots that make superb soups and stews. Leaves are also delicious. It is also known as Hamburg Turnip or Parsnip, Hamburg Rooted Parsley.
It is grown for its eight to ten inch long and up to two inches in diameter, fleshy white, parsnip-like roots. The deeply cut leaves can also be used, like standard parsley, as a seasoning and garnish.
Parsley has been cultivated and used for centuries. It is used as a flavoring in soups and salads, as a garnish, and some varieties, as a vegetable. Parsely has a breath freshener, digestive aid, and in tea to treat high blood pressure and rheumatism. Because it is high in vitamins A and C, it has also been used as a quinine substitute to treat malaria.
Parsley becomes very bitter as the plant starts to flower. For best germination, freeze seed for three to five days and then soak in warm water for about eight hours before planting. Cover seed lightly. Darkness helps germination.