I’ve never grown good parsnips before. In the past they have been small, forked or I’ve had problems with germination. It just goes to show that sometimes you can only cure a random problem with one vegetable by err… moving gardens, which seems a bit severe, but it’s true. This year my Parsnips are huge and to be honest I have done nothing differently. I have no explanation for my huge Parsnips – I sowed the seed at the same time of year and cared for them in the same way as last year. I also made sure (like last year) that the seed was brand new since I know that Parsnip seed doesn’t keep well. Nothing is different, except the soil. Which, as we all know, is crucial.
I had a job to get it out of ground, it was so big. But once I did I washed it, chopped it, cooked it, blended it and fed it to Jackson – not all of it! I put some in weaning pots to freeze and eat later.
He liked it! – well after an initial grimace and a few encouraging words from me, ‘it’s okay, I know it’s a strange taste but you really don’t want to be missing out on roast Parsnip at Christmas when you’re older, trust me’. Next time we may progress to Parsnip with butter – ooh!