November SOW, GROW, EAT

Parsnips

SOW – GROW – EAT

Veg growers – here’s what to do inside and outside this month!

SOW

Indoors & outdoors veg seed sowing

Sow outdoors for early spring crops:

  • VEG: broad beans, peas

 

Sow indoors for high flavour winter greens

  • Salads in window boxes /pots: mustards, lettuce, mizuna
  • Micro veg in trays: basil, coriander, radish, pea shoots, sunflower shoots, mustards, lettuce

 

GROW

Young plants outdoors – keep them protected once any frosts arrive.

  • VEG: kale, pak choi, chard
  • SALAD: lettuce, rocket,  spinach, chop suey greens, mustard

EAT

What to harvest and eat this month:

Harvest crops! pick what you need, so you don’t have huge amounts to cope with, enough for today’s lunch or dinner.

  • VEG: leeks, celeriac, parsnips, pak choi, indoor chillies /peppers, chicory, squash, pumpkins & gourds, beetroot, main crop potatoes, peas/mangetout, cabbage, kale, broccoli, carrots, onions, garlic
  • SALAD: chard, spring onions, radishes, lettuce, spinach, rocket, watercress, cress, mustards
  • HERB: basil, parsley, chives, coriander, sage, thyme, rosemary
  • Fruit: apples, pears

 

INDOOR VEG – salads, basil, parsley, tomatoes, chillies, peppers

Spotlight on Parsnips

Roast Lamb and sweet roast parsnips.

Baked, boiled, pureed, roasted, fried, mashed, steamed or even raw, parsnips are a sweetly flavoured a highly versatile root vegetable, native to Britain. Perfect with a roast dinner, they are a good source of essential vitamins and November is a great month for harvesting your parsnips.

Parsnips
Great British parsnips, fresh out the ground.

Did you know?

  • In Roman times, parsnips were considered to be an aphrodisiac
  • Parsnips can be made into a wine that has a similar taste to Madeira
  • In some parts of Scotland, parsnips are called white carrots
  • The word parsnip is from the Latin ‘pastus’ meaning food and ‘sativa’ meaning cultivated
  • In Europe, parsnips were used to sweeten jams and cakes before sugar became widely available
  • Parsnips are packed with vitamins, minerals, nutrients and fibre including Vitamin C, potassium and dietary fibre

 

Pick up parsnip seeds in our winter veg kit