There tends to be a paucity of vegetables in the garden at this time of year. The humble parsnip is however one of our winter stalwarts. A hard night's frost brings no fear to this trusty vegetable. Indeed a good hoar frost brings a nutty sweetness to the dear old parsnip.
Come Friday of this week it will officially be spring. My remaining parsnips seem to have already received the news that Spring is in the offing, A few green shoots are already presaging the change of seasons. I will have to eat or process the final stalwarts of the drills within the next few weeks. The above specimens will end their days in the soup saucepan along with a few potatoes and onions and a good dollop of herbs and spices. Parsnip soup can be a bit bland without the addition of the oriental.