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Can I eat parsnip leaves?

Last post 02-06-2013 10:45 PM by Brassmonkeyuk. 9 replies.

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  • 04/06/2010 12:48 PM
    • Silvia
    • Derby, UK
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     Hello there,

    I was wondering if anyone knows if the parsnips leaves can be eaten. 

    Thank you!

    Silvia

  • 04/06/2010 02:38 PM
    • dimitri
    • Devon
    • 14 Jan 2010
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    I googled Pastinaca sativa and came up with this website:

     

    www.pfaf.org/database/plants.php?Pastinaca+sativa

     

    which suggests you can, but I dont take any responsibility for the results if you do!

  • 04/06/2010 02:54 PM
    • Phot's-Moll
    • The sunny South coast.
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     I'd have thought they'd be OK, but haven't tried myself. If you do try them, I suggest just a small amount first and not if you're pregnant or ill.

    http://patsysplot.blogspot.co.uk/
  • 04/06/2010 03:58 PM
    • jon jon
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    CAUTION Parsnip leaves are poisonous   & Second year roots jon 

  • 04/06/2010 05:03 PM
    • EvaInNL
    • Holland
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    Agree with Jon Jon about the leaves: don't eat them! Second year roots just go bitter as far as I aware, reason enough not to eat them and to take any chances...

  • 04/06/2010 06:47 PM
    • Silvia
    • Derby, UK
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     Thank you all for the replies! I won't try them, then just in case.Confused

    The same happned when I googled it. Some of them were saying that the 'garden parsnip leaves' were the poisonous ones, but not the parsnip we are used to eating??

    Thank you again!

  • 04/06/2010 07:41 PM
    • Phot's-Moll
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     Best not to risk it if they might be harmful.

    http://patsysplot.blogspot.co.uk/
  • 05/06/2010 09:53 AM
    • dimitri
    • Devon
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    A further thought, which should have occurred to me as soon as I saw the question.

     

    If parsnip leaves were worth eating (not quite the same as 'edible'), wouldnt we all know it, and wouldnt the cookery books have recipes?

     

    But we dont, and they dont, so I agree they are best left alone.

  • 06/06/2010 07:41 PM
    • Phot's-Moll
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     Dimitri, your theory seems reasonable, but ... cookery books don't often suggest eating beetroot leaves which are delicious.

    http://patsysplot.blogspot.co.uk/
  • 02/06/2013 10:45 PM
    • Brassmonkeyuk
    • Milton keynes
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    I have been eating parsnip leaves - first year growth - I have eaten them raw and find they make incredibly tasty soup stock. No side effects to report though I will try not to get sap on my skin on the crop still growing in the second year. Will definitely use the leaves for soups.