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Growing parsnips


by Jane Moore

I've just lifted the last few parsnips from the plot. It's always a sad time, as it's so long until we can eat any more.


Fresly harvested parsnipIt’s been a traumatic week. We're down to the last of the home-grown potatoes, (King Edwards, and very nice they are too), and we've also just lifted the last few parsnips from the plot. It's always a sad time, as it's so long until we'll be able to eat any more.

I’m rather partial to parsnips, especially when roasted with my Sunday lunch. I usually grow 'Avonresister' as it’s resistant to canker, which can be a real problem in this area (hence the development of this variety specifically for growers in Avon). I’ve recently also grown an F1 variety called 'Excalibur', which is good too. It has an RHS Award of Garden Merit, which means it's been trialled, with good results. I've found it to be pretty resistant to canker too.

But it wasn't quite the end of parsnips for me, as one of Paul's lovely customers, Glyn, a keen allotmenteer from Colerne, popped in with a freshly harvested bag of them from his plot. He reckons they’re the best parsnips he’s ever grown – they’re so clean, white, canker-free and beautifully sweet. We had a couple with Sunday lunch and I’m thinking of turning some of them into soup. Spicy parsnip soup from the freezer seems like a good way of keeping the parsnip season going just a little while longer.



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Gardeners' World Web User 06/03/2009 at 10:57

oooo spicy parsnip soup - that's one of my favourites on a cold day!

Gardeners' World Web User 06/03/2009 at 19:23

That's pretty good, they look nice too. Have you had a constant supply throughout the winter?

Gardeners' World Web User 07/03/2009 at 08:16

Tried for years with parsnips in bags without any luck at all, however will still have a go.

Gardeners' World Web User 07/03/2009 at 18:58

My wife roasts parsnips in honey and maple syrup. My vocabulary is not of a high enough degree to enable me to express the amazing flavour

Gardeners' World Web User 07/03/2009 at 19:35

This is the first time that i am going to grow parsnips.I thought that it would be easy bit it is not.

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