Parsnip, part two…

Eliza suggested that I could ‘get some dual usage’ out of the post on parsnips by sending it to her ‘How to find great plants’ carnival..
Well, happy as I am to be asked, I don’t think I can make the deadline this time…
Anyway, am putting up some new shots of the root…
The neighbor we gave a parsnip to is a painter…
Each time we give her something (mimosa, beans, etc.), she draws them…
And then, comes the ‘thank you’ postcard with the drawing on it… 
Each weekend, I harvest one parsnip…
This one, harvested last weekend, weighed about 450 grams…
Was quite intrigued with all the little roots around the main root…
My wifey Y boiled the parsnip until it was soft…
Salad it was, mixed with squid, red peppers, avocado, lettuce, vinegar, and black pepper…
Today was freezing cold, at least according to my standards…
Still, out into the potager I went…
And woah, a ‘mini monster’ weighing at about 680 grams…
This time, yours truly cleaned and chopped up the root…
Under the supervision of my missus of course…
We then boiled it for about 40 minutes…
We take the ‘soup’ too, and it tasted sweet…
The above dish is a mixture of pickled red turnips, broccoli, avocado, roman lettuce, and parsnip graced with a concotion of miso, vinegar, garlic, and sesame seed… 
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24 Responses to Parsnip, part two…

  1. p3chandan says:

    Emmm..looks yummy Mr Lrong. That was a huge parsnip. I wonder what fertiliser you used to get them that big.Parsnip and radish are the same? At least they look the same to me..

  2. When do you usually sow parsnip (suitable temperature)?Wah nice to live near painter. Your dish look so colourful.

  3. fer says:

    Very nice. I want to grow parsnip some time too. And the painting is great, I want to try and get that look for my ilustrations, I like that style

  4. Theanne... says:

    I'm so intrigued by your parsnips…I've got to try this vegetable again…as my experience as a child was that they were bitter. Yet yours are sweet…I believe you said something about them needing a frost before being dug? Sadly I will have no idea if the parsnips I purchase in the supermarket have had a frost 😦 Perhaps it would be better if I just enjoy your enjoyment! What a wonderful neighbor you have to "paint" the vegetables you give her and then to give you the paintings…very kind.

  5. Lrong says:

    p3… am using fermented cowdung which I get for free from a dairy farm… no, think parsnips belong to the carrot family while radish, the cabbage family… MKG… sowed in early spring (April) temperatures in the high teens I think… the painter(husband and wife) are very fond of going to Cameron Highlands and we have become good friends…fer… yeap, I like the style too… they regularly hold exhibitions of their paintings especially in Kansai area… good luck with your parsnip plan…Theanne… yes indeed the parsnips are sweet… my partner has come to really enjoy it… why not give parsnips another try? And harvest it after at least one frost? This neighbor of ours is a wonderful couple in their early 70s… they are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year while for us, it is the 25th…

  6. Stephanie says:

    Hi Lrong, your wifey has really made good use of the parsnip. Boiled to soft and added to salad like this, I can imagine that you will definitely get the best taste of your wonderful harvest. Oh your neighbour, she is so talented. I think you will have a good collection of drawings/harvest in time to come. Have a great weekend and happy gardening!

  7. milka says:

    I use parsnip for soup only. You/your wife can come out with so many recipes.. yum yum :)~

  8. Lrong says:

    Stephanie… this parsnip will probably be with us for several meals to come… I had them mashed up and added to the seafood spaghetti sauce for lunch today… good taste… our neighbor is pretty good in her artwork… and she and her hubby are also wonderful conversational partners for us… happy gardening to you too…milka… parsnip soup is also very tasty… we do it with chicken base…

  9. One says:

    I would love to have your neighbour.Do you get a lot of weeds with your fermented cow dung? My garden has gotten a little out of hand since I have been using cow dung for some time. But I guess, since you have winter, weeds may be under control.

  10. Autumn Belle says:

    Oh, I didn't know you can dig something edible from the winter ground! The parsnip looks like ginseng root. That soup must be good, and very 'boh' I bet. You have such kind neighbours.

  11. Lrong says:

    One… hahahaaa, you had me rolling on the floor with your comment on my neighbor… No, fortunately but we do get our fair share of weeds… I try to live with them as there is no way I can get rid of them… Autumn Belle… yes, parsnips can be 'stored' in the ground and dug up as when needed… it does look like ginseng, actually… and the color is similar too…

  12. One's comment also had me smiling! It would be nice to have an artist for a neighbour. I have an artist for a husband…who paints once in a blue moon. Your creative dishes using parsnip is interesting.Rosie

  13. rainfield61 says:

    I am thinking of Kimchi while reading. It must be good!!!

  14. Lrong says:

    rainfield61…thanks for dropping by… kimchi in this cold season in Japan is absolutely lovely, I must add…

  15. Dear Lrong, thank you for stopping by and leaving your nice comment…glad you did as I've enjoyed looking over your blog as well. Your potager is fascinating and I look forward to following along to see how your vegetables and fruits come along. Also, your recipes are quite intriguing and look delicious!

  16. Lrong says:

    Dear Whimsical Gardener… a pleasure to meet you… I think your blog is very 'catchy' and attractive… shall certainly be coming by to visit…

  17. lina says:

    What a lovely thank you card. :)Oooo your photos sure are yummy. I too want to be your neighbor. 😀

  18. Mei Teng says:

    Have never tasted parsnips before. Thanks for visiting and leaving your comment.

  19. maiaT says:

    It looks very tasty and with all those goodies, I'm sure it tastes as good as it looks.Thanks for stopping by.

  20. Lrong says:

    Rosie… wow, your hubby an artist? I wish I can draw and paint… am utterly hopeless in this area…lina… yeap, a lovely card it was… thanks for the compliment on the photos… we are neighbors, cyberspace-wise…Mei Teng… it is quite a novelty here in Japan… taste is not too bad either… thanks for visiting… maiaT… yes, thankfully the taste was not too bad… thank you for coming by…

  21. What a neat postcard! Also, I'd love to have your parsnip post in the NEXT issue, and the deadline for that isn't until February 25th. 🙂

  22. Lrong says:

    Eliza… thanks for your comment! Ok, shall certainly send in for the next issue… 🙂

  23. ~Holly~ says:

    Beautiful photos! I love that your neighbor draws your vegetables. That is wonderful! Your pickles look delicious!!

  24. Lrong says:

    Holly… thank you for your kind comments and for dropping by… shall be checking out your blog too…

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