Usually grown to produce roots of desirable size for producing the ‘Chicons’
Sown in late October – November the roots are dug from early March – April (after about 130-150 days). Maturity of roots can be judged by examining a vertical section cut through the crown. When a white section about the size of a fingernail (6mm to 10mm) is present just below the crown section, the root is ready for harvest. Roots should be 30mm to 50mm in diameter (like a parsnip). They will be in an active state of growth at this stage. Cut tops 15mm to 25mm above the shoulders of the roots remove as much of the top as possible without injuring the growing point. Re-plant the roots right next to each other and cover with 10cm soil. Alternatively re-plant into large planter bags or a deep box. After a few weeks add another 15cm of soil or covering over the roots excluding all light. The chicons will be ready to harvest in about 10 weeks.