Parsnip Extraction Day

Nine long months after chucking the tiny seeds into ground, today we finally got to meet our parsnips.

"Just like having a bairn, but better… it's cheaper and you can eat them!" said Gareth.

The parsnips were buried under a couple of inches of ice from the late November snow plus some fresh powder from last night. I was worried they'd have rotted away but they were just waiting patiently and getting extremely large!

I'll spare you the three minute epic video of Gareth grunting and swearing as he wrestled this baby from the earth and fast-forward to the moment of triumph instead:

They are very weird and gnarly looking. Some have three legs from their attempts to burrow deeper into our crappy soil. But I still love them too bits. Did I mention they are freaking HUGE? Here I have used a 400g/14oz can of coconut milk for scale. The can is about 10cm/4 inches tall so you can get an idea of the height of them. Some of the tops have a bigger diameter than the can.


It just blows my mind that for nine months while we've been working, eating, sleeping, angsting, travelling and running around like idiots, these beasts were just growing growing growing like mad under the ground.

I made this parsnip and ginger soup tonight and it was bloody tasty. Still have gazillions of snips left for Christmas Day too. Happy days.

Today's other highlight: watching this pigeon refuse to let a snow shower interrupt his dinner.


25 thoughts on “Parsnip Extraction Day

  1. When I told my mother that I was using the slow cooker to make veggie broth on the weekends, she was interested and wanted to know what veggies I used. When I mentioned parsnips, she went off into a fit of laughter. Turns out parsnips were considered a “poor man’s veggie” when she was growing up, so that’s why she never served them to us.
    (From my p.o.v. parsnips were never even mentioned in my childhood, so when I encountered them in the store they seemed exotic and strange.)
    And now you’ve inspired me to try to grow some in my backyard too. Just don’t tell my mother, okay?

  2. Oh god that’s amazing. I so wish I lived next to you so I could weasel one of those parsnips from you. Better yet, weasel some of that soup from you! *knock knock* !!!

  3. Congratulations on your parsnip bounty.

    BTW is that the eating disorder pigeon?

    BTW2 If this is your last post before the hols have a good one!

  4. ooooh I LOVE THIS POST

    **waves like a misfit at Dr.G**

    all of it right down to the fact it was, for me, a reminder of my virtual parsnips that are growinglikeMAD while I do other things.

    My parsnips–this season—are ideas and thoughts Ive set into motion which are (YESYES?) growing like mad while I let them ‘sit’ for a while.

  5. Congratulations on your parsnip bairns (I looked that word up). You must be very proud, they are beautiful.
    Have a wonderful christmas, my dear. Savour your warm christmas pudding and be glad you are not eating it in 27 degree heat.
    Big hugs.

  6. Wow, some harvest! If you can’t eat them all roasted with your turkey, I have a great recipe for spiced parsnip cake (why should carrots get all the fun?) … great for “guess what this is made from?” games with people when you serve it up. Shout if you want it!

  7. Morning! Thank you for your comments!

    @Katy – That sounds fab, would love to try the recipe!

    @Cilla – same to you mate. big big hugs back at you 🙂

    @Miz – I love how your mind works, hehe!

    @Tamakikat – I think all of them are EDP’s! They never stop eating! Happy holidays to you too 🙂

    @Townmouse – FREAKY! Love it!

    @Merry – I had no idea they were poor man’s veggies, ha! You should grow some, really tasty. Love roasted with cumin seeds and a wee bit of honey too…

  8. You and Gareth are quite the farmers now…I think I need to send you matching farmer overalls for your gardening adventures!

  9. congratulations on the new additions (however briefly) to your family! Send me an email if you’d like the recipe for the delicious spicy parsnip soup I made earlier this week, involving things like celery, turmeric, and…. well, can you guess? It begins with a P and ends with an arsnip. Say that aloud and it sounds quite painful :-0

  10. There is SO much I don’t know about gardening! I had no idea you could leave veggies in the ground after the first frost! Makes me wonder if I still have some rogue carrots out there! Your parsnips look amazing! And now I want to google recipes for parsnip and ginger soup.

  11. I share the parsnip love, but I fear for Dr G…

    “Just like having a bairn, but better… it’s cheaper and you can eat them!”

    Actually, he makes a lot of sense.

  12. I love parsnips…they’ve become a staple in my diet as of late (great substitute for potatoes when roasting or soup-ing). I actually went to dinner on Christmas at a friends house and he made parsnip bacon…I kid you not…and it was good!!! I think he’s posting the recipe either tonite or tomorrow, so you can find the link at my bloggie…I can just see Dr. G chowing down on a Parsnip BLT sandwich.


  13. Just discovered your blog and am happy to find you. You know, parsnips have always kind of scared me. They look akin to the rutabaga, though, which I do use in stew sometimes, so I presume they have a similar taste/texture. But digging around in the snow… ick! Can’t stand snow and applaud your dedication and effort (plus, I just learned that parsnips come in season in the winter)! Thanks for a great blog – and Happy Festivus to you, too!

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