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Hi has anyone heard of or experienced parsnip burns from the sap from the parsnip leaves. If you cut down parsnip leaves make sure your arms and hands are covered. I've never heard of it and I cut down the parsnip tops three days ago and my arms, one worse than the other, have developed some bad burns. Just wanted to let you know to be careful. I am on pain killers and steroid cream.


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,157
    I have heard that some folk can be sensitive to the sap … my brother grows them for the supermarkets. They take precautions for their farm

    Hope you heal quickly. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Thanks 
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,312
    Umbellifer, like Giant Hogweed, many of them can do that to some extent. Celery for one

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • I never heard of it before, then I am not really a gardener. 
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,887
    @hsheehan767. I would have thought that as you’d been on this site for 2.5 years you’d be well away with your gardening by now.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • I just potter
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,887
    Nothing wrong with that. 🙂
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Am experiencing a few mild blisters at the mo. I knew this might happen, and then totally forgot to cover my arms the other day! Hoping they'll just fade away in a few days? Luckily, they're not itching or burning.
    It's knowing what to do with things that counts - Robert Frost
  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    Well, I've never heard of that before either with parsnips or celery. Thank you for the info.
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
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