clintons3 added on October 17, 2011 | Answered

Why do my parsnips look like a bulb with lots of roots? It looks like an alien but tastes the same.

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Answered on October 19, 2011

This happens when the soil is tough, either rocky or clay heavy. The roots grow into the soft areas in the soil, around the hard rock or clay, which results in deformed roots.

Amending the soil with compost or other organic materials will help improve this.

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