[Market-farming] parsnips words of caution

Richard Robinson rrobinson at nasw.org
Wed Aug 20 10:08:03 EDT 2008

Thanks for bringing this up--I didn't know about it either. It can also be caused by parsley, celery, Queen Anne's lace, limes, and a few other plants. Here are some references on the phenomenon, phytophotodermatitis:

Phytophotodermatitis associated with parsnip picking.


 Richard Robinson

 On Tue, 19 Aug 2008 12:52:18 -0500, Ploughshare wrote:
> Last week our interns were weeding in a bed of parsnips in the middle of the
> day.  A couple days later they had a rash all over their arms along with
> blisters.  I did not know this before, but parsnips have the same properties
> as wild parsnips and the oils will interact with the sun causing this
> reaction.  Pass it along so that no one else has to learn by trial by fire on
> this one
> I guess if you are going to weed and thin larger parnsip plants it's best to
> wait until the middle of the night and then wash thoroughly afterwards. --
> gary brever
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