Ever since it escaped from colonial gardens hundreds of years ago, the wild parsnip
has been waiting patiently to be noticed by those who let it loose.
, tough and bitter, have poisonous leaves and problematically invasive roots; their delicate yellow flowers line the roadsides of Denmark and Germany.
Parsnips, which look like albino carrots, originated around the Mediterranean, and wild parsnips
were eventually cultivated by the Romans.
And many are now prepared to pull on their walking boots and head out into the highways and byways with their basket in search of the wild cabbages that still grow on coastal cliffs or the wild parsnips
that flourish on waste ground.