Newsletter No. 21

This week you'll find parsnips in your box. Parsnips are a root vegetable in the carrot family. They are native to Eurasia and were grown by the Romans. Before the introduction of cane and beet sugar in Europe parsnips were used as a sweetener. Emperor Tiberius, the second emperor of the Roman Empire, accepted parsnips as part of the payment owed to Rome by Germany. The Romans believed parsnips were an aphrodisiac.

Parsnips were introduced to North America in the 19th century by the French Canadian colonists and the British colonists simultaneously. It was soon replaced as the main starch by the potato.

Its botanical name, pastinaca sativa, most likely comes from the Latin word pastino meaning to prepare the ground for planting of the vine or pastus meaning food. Sativa translates to sown. Its common name parsnip comes from the Middle English word pasnepe which is an alteration of nep (turnip) and the Latin word for a kind of fork pastinum.

Lisa, Elaine & Kara

Lisa, Elaine & Kara

Eaten both cooked and raw this vegetable is high in potassium, fiber and antioxidants. It can also be made into wine and in Italy is fed to pigs especially to those bred to make Parma ham. Parsnips can overwinter or stay in the ground through the winter and actually become sweeter with the cold which helps to convert starch into sugar.

Store parsnips in a plastic bag in vegetable crisper drawer of the fridge.


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The 2015 Season in Review

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  • craspedia
  • ageratum
  • globe amaranth
  • didiscus
  • mignonette
  • marigold
  • zinnia
  • celosia
  • cockscomb
  • snap dragons
  • strawflower
  • statice
  • scabiosa stellata
  • pincushion
  • flax
  • flowering ammis
  • yarrow
  • flowering kale
  • cosmos
  • aster
  • rudbeckia
  • stachy's
  • dahlia
  • dusty miler
  • scented geranium
  • salvia
  • nigella
  • chocolate cosmos
  • veronica spicata
  • echinacea
  • bupleurum 
  • eucalyptus
  • flowering cabbage


  • thyme
  • delicata squash
  • fingering potatoes 
  • chard
  • joi choi
  • red onion 
  • cherry belle radishes
  • celery
  • parsnips 
  • pumpkin