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Grow Parsnips to provide a healthy, tasty vegetable to your family dinner table in the early spring and late summer. This easily grown vegetable contains lots of nutrients, great flavor and is incredibly versatile.  Read on for tips on growing, harvesting and using these impressive roots!

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Grow Parsnips where their roots can have lot of room

Grow Parsnips in garden raised beds to accommodate their very long roots. The long dark leaves belong to Tuscan kale. Another must have for your garden. The parsnips are in the foreground. Fully mature and ready to harvest.

Way way back when the kids were little, and I was the garden manager, I grew parsnips. We loved this sweet root crop!

When I gave up gardening for running all of our teenagers around; I forgot about them. We lived on Costco’s freezer section as I put up to 1000 miles a week on my car. (not kidding!) The garden spot sat unused for quite a while.

Several years ago Dave Revived our garden. He’s been doing amazing things out there!  Dave found parsnips in his garden seed catalog. I got all excited about growing them, so he bought a pack  of parsnip seeds.

He grew them rather dubiously….he didn’t remember eating them because I usually put them into large pots of stew, like Crock Pot Beef and Rice stew! He’s excited about them now. Parsnips add a bit of sweetness to a recipe. I made a dynamite Smoky Parsnip soup out of our crop. He Loved it!

Grow parsnips for a versatile vegetable. Smoky Parsnip Soup is extremely healthy soup! Nutritionally balanced, dairy free, gluten free and high fiber! Smoky Parsnip soup is easy to make and very tasty too! http://homemadefoodjunkie.com

Grow Parsnips! They are so versatile.  See the parsnips throughout this soup?

Parsnip History:

This was a VERY important vegetable to the minions of old. Parsnips provided food in the very early spring when not much was growing and fresh food was scarce. Overwintered vegetables like parsnips were valued.

WAY back, in the middle ages, parsnips were used for sweeteners like we use cane sugar now! Funny to imagine a time when refined cane sugar wasn’t down at the local grocery. Back then, everything came out of your garden, or you bartered for food items you needed. It’s a mind twister to realize how different food was prepared and eaten back then. We have such sweet tooths now! Parsnips are a MUCH healthier sweetener than sugar, but I can’t imagine parsnip candy…Grow Parsnips with lots of room for those long roots!

Dave was pleased with his parsnips. He’s loving the healthy sweetness LOOONG rooted parsnips add to any recipe. He plans to make them a regular in the garden now. Parsnips are a fairly tightly grown root crop that sits in its spot all summer; yielding these enormously long tender roots in Fall!  A completely different flavor from the crisp sweet crunch of a raw carrot.

Parsnips Uses in the Kitchen:

I’ve been juicing them into our green juice , using parsnips as zoodles , crock potting them for another flavor element in a big jumble of veggies, soups, and stews. Soon I’ll make a side dish using parsnips, to show them off.

Give Parsnips a spot in your garden. They are easy to grow, store well for the winter or grow in the ground through a mild winter, like carrots.

Grow parsnips. a versatile sweet root vegetable http://homemadefoodjunkie.com

Parsnips make a wonderful companion to bacon and smoked paprika in recipes.

Grow Parsnips-Consider These Health Facts:

According to Organicfacts.net   parsnips offer high levels of potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, and iron, in addition to an impressive range of vitamins, including vitamin B, C, E, and K, as well as high levels of fiber and some protein.  There are lots of excellent health reasons to grow this cousin to carrots!

Grow parsnips. They make good spiralized vegetables for stir fry meals

parsnips are the white zoodles. They are easy to spiralize like carrots and cook into many quick healthy meals

Grow Parsnips through the winter in warm climates. They frosts intensify their sweet flavor

Grow Parsnips through the winter in milder climates. Frost intensifies their sweet flavor. These roots make wonderful hearty winter and spring soups and stews.

Parsnip Growing Tips:

Use fresh seed that is well suited to your local climate. follow the planting directions for your USDA regional zone for best results.

  • Parsnips have proven easily grown at our house. (we are in USDA Zone 8A). Parsnips prefer a cool growing season at between 45 and 75 degrees. Perfect for our climate!
  • Cultivate a DEEP bed for these enormously long rooted vegetables (The roots can grow 18 inches long)
  • Plant your parsnip seed about an inch deep in rows spaced at least 10 inches or more apart. They have a LOT of tops to contend with and HUGE roots so they need that room.
  • Germination can take several weeks so don’t give up on them. After they are about 4 inches high thin to seven inches apart in the rows. Crowding makes parsnips misshapen and stunted.
  • Plant Parsnips in early spring 2 to 3 weeks before the last frost date in your region. In warmer climates, they can be a fall crop as well and grow straight through the winter for an early spring harvest.
  • mulch will help retain water in the soil, keep it friable, and protect from deep frosts.
  • Parsnips grow well in rich composted soil. They do not require heavy fertilizing.
  • Water evenly but not too heavily. And cut way back on the water in the last weeks before harvest to avoid root cracking.
  • Harvest parsnips 100 to 130 days after planting. If you leave them in the ground after the frosts begin they will increase in sweetness. Best to dig them up before the ground freezes really hard.
  • Dig up these incredibly long roots carefully. It’s easy to lose some of the root underground when they snap off. Dig them up with a shovel pointed straight down to avoid shearing off roots.
  • Parsnips, like carrots, are a good root cellar candidate! But it’s easiest to just keep them in the soil and dig them up as you need them. I have stored them in my fridge for 2 months with no trouble. They do take up a lot of room. though.
  • Fortunately, parsnips are easy to care for with little troublesome diseases or pests.

Tuesdays In the Garden Blog Hop

This is our Tuesday in the Garden Blog Hop! Please Click the links Below to learn more tips on growing good veg in your garden. Happy Gardening!

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Abbe@This is How I Cook

Monday 27th of February 2017

I adore parsnips and never have thought of growing them. You have given me something to add to my to do list! And IMO rosted parsnips are the best!

Diane

Monday 27th of February 2017

Hi Abbe, We love parsnips too. I have never roasted them! Now I will try that. Thanks for the tip and enjoy growing these yums. They are best to harvest after the frost for sweetness but taste great all year. Have a great day!

Angie Rose

Friday 9th of September 2016

I have grown lots of veggies but never parsnips! This is such a great guide Diane. They look delicious in the dishes you make with them. I wonder if I could plant them now under my hoop house for an early spring harvest! :)

Diane

Sunday 11th of September 2016

Hi Angie, I would think you could if you get them seeded in right now. They will germinate very slowly and a bit spotty probably but it's worth a try! Let me know if you have sucess!

Jami

Tuesday 6th of September 2016

I love parsnips and the ones I've grown have been so sweet and good! My problem is germination - I usually only have a handful that germinate, which always frustrates me, though I can see from your tips that I probably always crowd mine. Plus, my husband doesn't really like them - there's that. ;)

Diane

Tuesday 6th of September 2016

Lol. If hubby doesn't care for them your motivation to grow them is probably pretty low. If you want a few parsnips for yourself, give our tips a try and see how it goes :)

Shelly

Tuesday 6th of September 2016

We've grown parsnips before in our garden, but it's been a while. I think I need to add them to my list of vegetables to try growing next year. Thanks for all the great tips.

Diane

Tuesday 6th of September 2016

Poor parsnips seem to be easily forgotten in our garden plans. We were so happy to rediscover them in ours. They are so nice to have in early spring.

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