Celeriac ‘Balena F1’ has the reputation of being one of the best celeriac varieties on the market. It is ideal for growing in western European conditions. This celeriac has lovely firm, white flesh and skin with very few brown blemishes. The variety is not prone to early bolting and is exceptionally tolerant to cold.
Celeriac performs best in cold, wet conditions. This vegetable is therefore an excellent choice for less well-drained soils, especially as celeriac needs a lot of water during cultivation. After harvesting, celeriac can taste a little bitter. Storing the roots for a few days at just above freezing sweetens them slightly. Celeriac can be stored in cool, humid conditions for up to two weeks. NB: It’s not just the root that is packed with flavour; the stems are also great for use in dishes such as soups or pasta sauces. However, like parsnip, celeriac leaves can cause skin irritation, so wear gloves and long sleeves if you are sensitive to them.
Pre-sow: 10-12 weeks before transplanting NB: Celeriac germinates very slowly. Do not cover the seeds and keep the potting compost moist.
Transplant: late April-mid June
Harvest: August-November, approx. 150 days after transplanting (for maximum storage life)
Spacing: 50x40 cm
Soil: plenty of organic matter and nitrogen, pH 6.5-7
Resistance (IR): Foa 2; Sa