What is it? A creature from the deep? Captain Nemo's worst nightmare? Nope – just this year's harvest of parsnips posing as a parsnip squid.
What I love best about parsnips is that they are ready to harvest when very little else is available. I always overwinter my parsnips (i.e., leave them in the ground over winter and harvest them in the spring). The freeze/thaw cycle converts more of their starches to sugars and makes them absolutely delicious. Come late March/early April, the boys and I head out to where we've buried the plants the previous fall under a thick layer of straw. My stepdad swore up and down that the ground wouldn't freeze if you covered it in this much straw, but mine surely did, so we had to wait to dig until the frost was gone. [Read more…]