Parsnip harvest time today, and a beautiful 60 degree day it was, with sunshine.
You can’t pull parsnips out like you do with carrots; they are so big that the top would break off before you could pull the whole thing out. Instead you must loosen the soil around the parsnip with a fork, then pull it out.
I ended up pulling a whole row.
I’m disappointed. They are significantly smaller this year than they were last year. Last year we had at least 6 meals out of our two rows, and this year it will probably only be two. I’m not sure what went wrong. I planted them in a different location in the garden, and I’m wondering if this location gets a tiny bit less sunlight than where I had them last year. It’s also possible that they suffered (like all garden plants) from our very strange cool and dry summer. Not sure. Here they are all cleaned up:
Three of them were nice, about the size I expected. The rest were more like large radishes in size, with lots of strings and “legs.” Anyone have any ideas how this might have happened? I’m at a loss.
We cooked them up and made mashed parsnips. Really delicious.