Posted by: kathandroger | February 11, 2011

Parsnip missionaries

As we have mentioned before, we are constantly amazed that the French have no idea what a parsnip is. Hence we have made it a bit of a mission to spread the word about this fine vegetable. Today I was working in the garden (another beautiful day – tee shirts on 11th Feb!) and the masons were in close proximity bashing out another hole. I asked if they liked parsnips and faced with blank looks, proceeded to dig up a few fine examples. Now these are country folk who have potagers 5 times the size of ours and yet have never seen a parsnip. Zut alors (as the French never say)! One brave soul eventually was persuaded to take some. He wrote down the french name, which is panais, so he could tell his wife what they were and I explained what to do with them. Maybe he’ll like them and next time his mates might dare to take some too! Here they are with the big hole they had just made…

Activity has stepped up again over the last few days. We had a site meeting this morning to finalise the windows and doors….

And the new ceiling is almost finished…

Overall, lots of progress and a really good week on the barns!


  1. One time last year, when Sandra and I visited Ethni’Cité Museum at Saint-Rémy-sur-Creuse, the guides to the trog village talked to us about the small vegetable garden they were setting up. It was an educational garden for visitors featuring ‘lost vegetables’ including parsip and turnips!

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