Mrs. Gurney's Parsnip Wine Recipe

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 Updated 20/06/2017

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An original recipe from a farmhouse in Bierton, Buckinghamshire. The wine is very strong and tastes something like whisky.


  • 12 large parsnips
  • 8 cups sugar
  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 slice of toast
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  1. Wash but do not peel the parsnips.
  2. Cut into slices and place in a saucepan with the water.
  3. Cook until tender.
  4. Strain the liquid into a bowl with the sugar, orange and lemon.
  5. Stir until the sugar is dissolved, then place the warm toast on top with the yeast spread on it.
  6. Leave for 10 days or so before straining and bottling.
  7. Cork tightly for eight weeks and keep for 6 months before using.

Prep Time: 10 days plus

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 1 gallon


I am very interested in this wine recipe but am not sure if I should cut up the lemon and orange or leave them whole?
I live in Lower Saxony (Germany) and for many years we could not get parsnips so there was always something missing from our Christmas lunch!
I like the simplicity of this recipe as one doesn`t need all the wine making kits which we can`t get here! Who makes wine in Germany anyway??!!
#0 - Michelle Forward - 08/31/2011 - 06:13
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