Wild parsnip roots are edible, but the sap of the plant can cause severe burns. Collecting the plant from the wild should only be done with extreme care. See the section Protective Clothing below.
Wild parsnip, which is also known as poison parsnip, is a member of the carrot/parsley family. It typically grows a low, spindly rosette of leaves in the first year while the root develops. In the second year it flowers on a tall stalk and then dies. The plant can form dense stands and spreads quickly in disturbed areas such as abandoned yards, waste dumps, meadows, open fields, roadsides and railway embankments. Its seeds are easily dispersed by wind and water, and on mowing or other equipment.
Like giant hogweed and other members of the carrot family, it produces sap containing chemicals that can cause human skin to react to sunlight, resulting in intense burns, rashes or blisters
To say that this is the most hated plant on the farm would be fair, to say that my whole area, ditches, pastures locally (not mine) is full of this is understatement and true, we are working hard, pulling and bagging and cooking in the sun, but some small areas are out of control to the point we are cutting it down, drying and bagging it after
We will need to gear up and do this same kind of cutting on the outside edges of the farm in the spray buffer zone before the fence. However, this plant will effect my plans in my permaculture food forest, there will be more cutting then I had hoped to do, I will work on a few different things to help..
When we moved here 11 years ago, they were not hear but in a few, now they are everywhere.. but we will keep the battle going strong on the farm