Parsnips are not usually thought of as ground breaking vegetables in any sense of the word; but these may be.
I scattered a few parsnip seeds, with flowers and herbs in a bed (above) and this monster (below) is one of the products of that scattering.
The soil it was growing in is very hard clay with stones in. It is difficult to get a trowel or fork into (I have not tried with a spade). But this lovely parsnip has forged a path deep into the soil and it was relatively easy to gently lever it out with a garden fork. The old adage is that potatoes are good to break up ground and I would definitely add both carrots (from past experience) and parsnips to this list.
I trimmed the leaves and cut off the top couple of centimetres. This part was replanted and mulched with the leaves. I will wait to see if it will continue to grow and hopefully flower next year to give me seed for the year afterwards.
Together with courgettes and wild kale leaves from our garden and beetroot and apple from the neighbours it will form part of tonight’s meal – wild salmon (not caught by us), roasted vegetables and greens.