Sep 18th, 2008
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!
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