Parsnip

About

Parnsips are a root vegetable although it isn’t a popular one.  They look similar to carrots but with a paler yellow color.

Growing Advice

Grows very well for those living in regions with a short growing season.  Avoid very rich soil for parsnips. Harvest after first frost.  Be aware that you need to handle the leaves carefully, as parsnip shoots and leaves contain a chemical known as furanocoumarin, and they can actually cause a chemical burn on the skin (phytophotodermatitis)

Companion Planting

Helps: Bush beans, beets, carrots, root vegetables Avoid: Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, Tomatoes

Pests & Diseases

Root maggots, army worms, nematodes

Seed Saving

You need two seasons for saving parsnip seeds. Overwinter and then replant at least 12″ apart. Be careful as the umbels shatter easily for seed collecting. Parsnips will cross polinate if you plant more than one variety.

Heirloom Varieties

  • All American
  • Cobham Improved Marrow
  • Half Long Guernsey
  • Harris Model
  • Hollow Crown (Large Sugar)
  • Sutton’s Student (The Student)

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