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Parsnips Pastinaca sativa

Growing Parsnips: Tips at a Glance

  • Type Root vegetable
  • Life Span Annual or biennial
  • USDA Zones 2-9
  • Light Full sun
  • Water Mulch to keep moist
  • When to Plant After last frost date
  • Design Tip Airy green foliage
  • Companions Arugula, radishes
  • Peak Season Harvest in autumn

Parsnips: A Field Guide

Among root vegetables, parsnip is carrot’s less flashy cousin. But Pastinaca sativa is a star in its own right, with a sweet, nutty flavor to see us through the winter.

Plant parsnips in the early spring, and harvest them after the first frost to achieve the sweetest, most delicate flavor. You can also leave them in the ground through the winter—or store them in a cool, dark spot (such as a root cellar) to keep them happy all winter.

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