The Particularly Powerful Parsnip
Popeye had spinach, Bugs Bunny had his Carrot, but the mighty Parsnip outperforms both of those in many Ways.
Today again, we stretch the limits of our topics on Thinking Outside of the Box. We may branch off into another whole category: the culinary gardening category. But that is what Thinking Outside of the Box is all about, — new, different and unusual.
Ali is a delightful lady who has been gardening and playing in the garden her whole life. We are discussing the power of one particular vegetable, the Parsnip. Ali brought to my attention the fact that the Parsnip is right at the top of the list regarding nutrition.
Below, some biographical information about Ali.
Have a listen!
“You know, I grew up in our family garden in Hayden Lake, picking raspberries and strawberries and potato bugs off the potato leaves. My grandparents and great grandmother lived next door, and they were small scale vegetable and fruit farmers. I went off to the university and studied art, and always had a vegetable garden in the back yard of wherever I was living, even worked as a private gardener and at the local plant nursery during the summer. Went on to receive an MFA in sculpture, with a lot of over seas travel in between and after. But I never really thought about how important gardening and working with the soil was to me, until I came back to my hometown and applied to become an apprentice at an amazing off-the-grid organic farm east of Cd’A. That summer changed my life, in so many ways. I worked harder than I ever had before, and found my passion for plants and soil and really, for work itself. And, of course, eating super fresh, incredible food – and how different it is.”
“Just last week I met several people who asked me, What is this vegetable? Can we grow parsnips here? I was shocked that parsnips seemed so elusive or unknown to people, even in our small, rural community. Mind you, this is not a newly cultivated vegetable! Parsnips are actually a rather old-timey root veg, dating back at least to Roman times. They even used to be used as a sweetener in Europe before sugar cane and sugar beets came along…. So, while parsnips may not be mainstream to many folks, they are such a wonderful vegetable – I think they should be!”
Ali Hakala, Sunnyside Mountain Farm & Garden Works, LLC
find me at Localharvest.org