Root Vegetables

Use in medieval times

Parsnips, skirrets and carrots were all known as pasternakes in medieval times and were used interchangeably.

Skirret was a particular favourite in Tudor times and is still grown today in the gardens of Hampton Court Palace. Similar to a parsnip, it is sweet with a peppery aftertaste. Skirret roots are delicious eaten raw or in sweet and savoury dishes.

All of these root vegetables were very useful in kitchen gardens as they could be stored in the ground all winter and only harvested when needed. They were regularly added to pottage.