How To Grow Parsnips And Their Benefits

Parsnips are easy to grow and don’t need much effort to grow them. Their delicious taste pays back for all the work you have put in and accompanies many dishes. In this article, we will share with you, how to grow parsnips, the nutrients, and the health benefits that can be gain from them.

Varieties Of Parsnip

There are many varieties of parsnip that you can grow, different tastes, shapes, shades, tollerance, texture, and yeilds. Here are some rcommended varieities to grow in your garden.

‘White King’- Very popular, produces delicious semi-long roots, with smooth, creamy white skin, and flesh.

‘Gladiator’- Very popular, produces delicious, large roots, with smooth white skin, and flesh.

‘Tender and True’- One of the most popular varieties, produces long roots, pale coloured skin, and white flesh.

How To Grow Parnips

Sow parsnips directly outdoors 2-3 weeks before the last frost in spring. In warmer-winter regions, you can sow parsnips in autumn. Parsnips require a cool growing season, where the temperature is between 7°-23°C. Parsnips also taste best if harvested in cool weather. They can tolerate freezing temperatures.

Sow parsnip seeds 1-1.5cm(½ In) deep, 7.5-10cm(3-4 in) apart in well-aged compost or manure with a pH of 6.0-6.8. Add manure only if it’s aged, as fresh manure causes the root crops to fork. Grow parsnips in soil 30cm(12in) deep so the roots have enough space to grow in. make sure the soil doesn’t have any rock or lumps in it so that roots do not split and fork. When the seedlings are about 2.5cm(1in) tall thin out leaving one seedling 15cm(6in) apart.

Parsnips prefer full sun, but will tolerate some shade. Water regularly, and try to keep the soil evenly moist, not wet or water clogged. As roots approach maturity, reduce watering to avoid cracking. Fertilisers are optional, but if you want the best results, use an all-purpose fertiliser (20-20-20).

Nurtients And Health Benfits

Parsnips are packed with important nutrients, they contain vitamins- C, K, E, B-1, B-2, B-6, and B-9. Minerals- Magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, calcium, and iron. Parsnips are also rich in antioxidants, high in fiber, may aid in weight loss, and supports immune functions.

How To Add Parsnips To Your Diet

Parsnips are extremely delicious and go well with many meals. Add parsnips to your roast diner, soups, salads, make parsnip chips, parsnip curry, potato and parsnip mash. Parsnip accompanies many meat-based dishes, experiment with them, add parsnips to meals you wouldn’t normally, and see how it tastes.