Too warm for parsnips

Has anyone else noticed parsnips tasting off this year?

I thought it was just me leaving my share of them when collecting my vegetables from the local organic farm. But today I noticed the donations box (where people leave unwanted veg for others to take) was quite full of the said vegetable.

The carrots are also not quite their usual taste, although at least they are palatable. But is this a blip or the state of things to come?

More tulips are coming up at home. This morning I saw that not only were all the ones in the planter on the patio shooting, I would swear that there is also one in the garden. Hopefully, the ones in the front garden will be slower to appear as I don’t want my spring show to be over before Easter. Even if Easter is late this year.

On a more positive note, I collected a pair of pillows through Freegle yesterday, which had been destined for the compost bin. Or rather that is what I had originally intended for the feathers in them. Until I got them home as realised that I would never have given them away.

Having had the notion that I was allergic to feather pillows, I have not used any in 20 years. So, I tentatively tried one last night and am pleased to announce that there were no sneezes to be heard. In other words, the compost bins will have to wait a little longer.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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8 Responses to Too warm for parsnips

  1. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I haven’t noticed an ‘off’ taste but I do remember reading that they need to be frosted and certainly here we haven’t had any really hard frosts yet.

  2. Tabula Rasa says:

    Parsnips need cold weather to sweeten up and a few hard frost help but I think they can also be a bit bitter if the growing conditions have not been great during the year. Often plants become more bitter or more spicy when stressed as it helps ward off attacks more.

    • Helen says:

      Yes, I think the weather may not have been at all conducive last year (though I’m surprised the hot summer in 2018 didn’t seem to affect the flavour!).

  3. That is interesting about the veg.

  4. nanacathy2 says:

    Mmm, parsnips I have eaten have been ok. Maybe they have changed something?

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