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    Default When to harvest parsnips

    Having had a little poke around in my veggie beds, I have realised how big my parsnips are getting. Many of them are a pretty respectable size and would probably make a good accompanyment to a roast dinner!!

    In the back of my mind though, I remember hearing that parsnips are best left and not harvested until after the first frosts as it makes them sweeter. Is this correct or could I be eating parsnips now if I wanted?

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    Yes a frost will make the parsnip sweeter but you may be waiting for a few more months for that to happen in Kent, I would probably pull one now if they seem large enough - purely as a taste test

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    It wouldn't hurt to pull a few now for eating, it will actually make a bit more space for those left behind, so will encourage them to grow further still, but generally yes, parsnips are considered an autumn/winter crop, and a touch of frost certainly makes them sweeter. I actually left mine in the ground all winter instead of digging them up and having to store them somewhere. I was still pulling edible one up in May just as i was sewing this years lot.
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    I too recall reading about parsnips and sprouts are sweeter after a good frost...but you know- I've wondered about this before- with all the new varieties around these days whether that only really applied to the older varieties????

    Would be good if you could do a taste test w33blegurl...(and anyone else out there with parsnips)

    Can you imagine leaving them until the first frosts only to find that they've gone too big and woody

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    I lifted some parsnips two weeks ago to give the others some space. They were slightly small but tasted lovely roasted.
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    Thanks for that.....will give them a try on Sunday with a lovely roast chicken and let you know how they taste!!
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    Why not pull a few an pop them in the freezer for half an hour before you cook them. Same effect .

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    If you really want them frosted, why not pull them and put them either in the fridge or the freezer for a little while

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