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Parsnip sativa: everything you need to know

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Thereparsnip sativais a root vegetable belonging to the family of Apiaceae, to be clear, theparsnip sativais a not too distant relative of carrot and parsley.

It is a biennial plant but is cultivated with annual cycles. In the cycle of cultivation annual theparsnip sativait does not have time to flower but if allowed to flourish during the second year, theparsnip sativaproduces a flowering stem surmounted by an "umbrella" full of yellow flowers.

In the Italian fields it is difficult to come across a flower ofparsnip sativa(as well as in a carrot flower!), when the plant blooms the tuber is inedible and the tuber woody. In the peasant tradition, a couple of plants were brought up to flowering in order to obtain seeds which are flat and light brown in color.

How to grow parsnip sativa

Its long tuberous root is characterized by the typical cream color. Traditionally, the farmers used to collect theparsnip only after the first winter frosts so as to obtain a pulp with a sweeter and more intense flavor.

This peasant tradition has a strong scientific basis: during frosts, the strong cold helps the conversion of starch into sugar and thus the root takes on a sweet taste.

All the basics about how to grow parsnips and the best recipes based on this root vegetable can be found in the article How to grow and cook parsnips.

There parsnip sativa it was used in Europe as a sweetener, later supplanted by cane sugar. Parsnip sativa was a highly widespread food in Italy but even in this case the importation of a new vegetable has gradually been replaced, let's talk about the potato.

Dangers for cultivation
Is parsnip toxic? Let's try to answer this question completely.

Parsnip root is always edible but the same cannot be said for leaves and shoots. Some varieties ofparsnip sativathey have a certain toxicity in the sap of leaves and shoots.

Just like many other plants of the Apiaceae family, theparsnip sativacontains furanocoumarins, we are talking about a photosensitive chemical that causes an irritating condition to the skin. To eliminate any risk it is advisable to harvest parsnip sativa on cloudy and not very sunny days and wear gloves.

The properties of parsnip sativa

Thereparsnipit is usually eaten cooked even if it can be eaten raw. Thanks to his nutritional properties it can be considered a natural supplement of vitamins and minerals. It is rich in B vitamins, potassium and is recommended for those suffering from arterial hypertension. All the beneficial properties of parsnip sativa are listed in the article:Parsnip, properties and virtues.

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