Where did I go wrong?
Newbie gardener alert! I dug a couple of my parsnips out a week or so ago, and they were a bit gnarled but tasted very good in a beef casserole. I harvested the rest yesterday. Oh dear. I wasn't expecting to win any prizes in a show and to be honest, as long as veg tastes nice I don't really care what it looks like. But this is a nightmare array like something out of a parsnip horror story! Twisted, gnarled, multi-rooted (seven roots on one particularly fine specimen!) and only two in the crop that were a reasonable size and relatively straight. I don't think the majority are useable as it would take so long to clean, peel and take off all the odd bits, only to be left with miniscule chunks of 'nip that I just don't want to bother. I feel very disappointed, but determined to learn to do better next year as parsnips really are a family favourite here. Anyone got any advice?