An essential addition to the perennial vegetable garden, Skirret is a member of the carrot family and is similar to carrots and parsnips with its large delicious, sweet and uniquely aromatic roots that can be eaten just like a parsnip. Roots can be divided to create more Skirret plants and are best harvest in winter when they are tender and delicious. Steady summer water also helps keep the roots from becoming too tough or fibrous. Rediscover the incredible flavor of this unique and easy to grow perennial vegetable. And to keep your skirret patch growing just divide the roots after harvest and replant what you don’t eat.
Latin Name: Sium sisarum
Site and Soil: 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil, ideally sand or silty loam.
Pollination Requirements: None
Hardiness: Cold hardy to -40F.
Bearing Age: Winter after first planting
Bloom Time: Summer
Pests & Diseases: Very pest and disease resistant and easy to grow
USDA Zone: 4