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Parsnips are a root vegetable related to the carrot. It has an off-white flesh and looks like a long, thin white carrot. They can grow quite large, even up to a foot in length, and they grow best during cooler seasons (like autumn and winter).

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How To Prepare Parsnips

peeling parsnips with vegetable peeler

Parsnips are usually cooked before being eaten, but they can also be consumed raw. To prepare, first, wash the parsnips. Then peel them if desired (though some people prefer to leave the skin on). After that, cut off any brown spots or small roots at the bottom of the parsnip. And finally, cook via your chosen cooking method.

How To Cook Parsnips

roasted parsnips in a baking tray

Like most root vegetables, parsnips are usually cooked in a pot with some kind of liquid (i.e., water or stock). You can also bake parsnips in the oven. They make for a tasty side dish when roasted since they take on a nutty flavour. Parsnips can also be fried in oil or butter.

How to Store Parsnips

You can store fresh parsnips in your fridge for 2 to 3 weeks or around 1 week in a dark cupboard. You can extend their life by freezing parsnips for up to 6 months.

How To Choose The Best Parsnips

When you’re choosing parsnips, pick ones that are firm and have smooth skin. Avoid any with shrivelling or green patches. Also, try to buy medium-sized parsnips because they tend to have the best flavour (and they cook more evenly).

When are Parsnips in Season?

Parsnips are in season in the UK for 11 months of the year, making them a great economic and climate-friendly vegetable.

Growing Parsnips 

parsnip sign next to field of parsnips growing

Parsnips are grown in fields just like carrots or any other root vegetable. They grow best during the colder months (like autumn and winter).

What Do Parsnips Taste Like?

Parsnips have a rich, creamy flavour that is slightly sweet. They taste great with a little bit of butter and a bit of salt.

Can You Eat Parsnips Raw?

Parsnips can be eaten raw, but they taste better when they are cooked first.

Do You Peel Parsnips?

You can leave the skin on when you cook parsnips, but some peeling may be necessary depending on how it will be eaten.

Parsnip Recipes

Parsnips can be enjoyed on their own as a hearty side dish. They’re tasty when roasted, mashed, fried, or baked.

Parsnips work well in many dishes, including soups, roasted vegetables, stews, purees, casseroles and curries. In both sweet and savoury cooking, parsnips add depth and complexity.



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