The development of new and improved parsnip varieties has been important in the history of Tozer Seeds. We pioneered the development of F1 hybrid varieties with the release of Gladiator in 1982 and the very successful Javelin in 1991. We are continuing to develop new hybrids with good vigour, canker resistance, shallow crowns, smooth skin, resistance to bruising and white roots of uniform shape and size.
Albion has a very white skin finish which is noticeably slow to discolour. Suitable for retail trade and also popular for processing.
Gladiator presents a refined regular obovate root shape with white skin. It is very early bulking and is ideal for lifting through to late autumn in the UK.
Consistent, reliable, flexible and very well proven Javelin is probably the most commercially successful Parsnip variety ever.
A heavier 'bolder' parsnip of more traditional obovate to broad obtriangular shape. Long uniform roots with the traditional parsnip off white/pale cream colour.
Dagger has very slender roots of a narrow obtriangular shape. Smooth white skin with high crowns make for relatively easy cleaning. Sown at higher densities Dagger will produce large quantities of regular uniform roots ideal for the pre-pack market demands. Sown at lower densities it will fill well down the root producing heavy yields. In terms of root shape, Dagger could be described as being the parsnip nearest to looking like a large traditional carrot. Ideally sown in the spring and lifted before the turn of the year.
White Spear has very white smooth skin and bulks extremely rapidly in the spring from an early sowing. Its root shape is obovate. It is best lifted in the early summer months. Later sowings will hold into the autumn but the growing period to harvest suitability is always short. White Spear will continue to grow past the ideal market size and can produce enormous roots if allowed to grow on.