Parsnips, popular with ancient Greeks and Romans, were brought over to the Americas with the first colonists. Like carrots, parsnips are biennials, but they are usually grown as an annual vegetable and taste best after being kissed by an autumn frost before harvest. Here’s how to plant, grow, and harvest parsnips in your garden!
A relative of the carrot, parsnips are a super-hardy, cool-season crop that requires a long growing season and is best harvested after a few fall frosts. Parsnips are especially tasty in soups and stews, lending them a nutty, sweet flavor, but these root vegetables can also be enjoyed by themselves as a side dish. Plus, they are packed with nutrients, like potassium and vitamins B6 and C!
Note: Parsnip leaves contain a sap that may irritate the skin. When weeding around or harvesting parsnips, wearing long sleeves and gloves is recommended.