3 December 2010, by gj
Parsnips are a sweet and often overlooked veggie in the home garden.
They do take a very long time to grow and will be using up space that you might be better off giving to another veggie. Here in Zone 5, much of that time is the off season, so it’s not too bad.
I plant parsnip seed towards the end of summer, when the onion crop is finished.
Mulch well to protect and try to be patient. Mark your rows so you’ll know where to dig in spring.
Parsnips, like many other veggies, are also better when they are smaller, about the size of a carrot.
They can be overwintered; in fact, their taste improves after some hard frosts.
After harvest, parsnips can be pressure canned or frozen. Since you can leave them in the ground, no need for cold storage indoors.