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Parsnip Basics
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Parsnip Basics

Parsnips are packed with fiber, folate and vitamins C and K.

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  • Choose parsnips that are firm and dry with even color, from off-white to pale yellow.
  • Choose small to medium parsnips (8 to 10 inches long) for the best flavor and texture.
  • Large parsnips may have a thicker skin and woodier center but they are good cooked.
  • Frozen parsnips may be found in the freezer section of some grocery stores.

Parsnips are related to carrots, celery, parsley and cilantro.

Store Well Waste Less

  • Remove and discard any green stems before storing.
  • Store parsnips in a loose plastic bag in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 weeks.
  • Scrub with a clean vegetable brush under running water just before using.
  • Put raw cut parsnips in a bowl of cold water with a splash of lemon juice or vinegar to keep them from turning brown if not using right away.
  • Freeze parsnips for longer storage. Cut into 1-inch cubes and blanch for 2 minutes for best color and texture. Place in labeled freezer containers and use within 8 to 12 months.

Cooking with Parsnips

  • Parsnips have a mild sweet flavor like carrots and a fragrance like celery.
  • Large parsnips should be peeled and if the center is woody, cut the parsnip into smaller pieces and remove the center.
  • Parsnips can be served raw like carrots. Cut them into sticks for dipping or shred them for salads.
  • Parsnips go well with other root vegetables such as carrots, potatoes and turnips when roasted, mashed or added to soups and stews.

1 pound of parsnips = about 4 medium parsnips = 3 cups raw chopped parsnips = 2 cups cooked parsnips

Enjoy Parsnips


Parsnip Soup

Roasted Parsnips

Kids Can!

When kids help make healthy food, they are more likely to try it. Show kids how to:

  • scrub parsnips with a clean vegetable brush under running water.
  • measure and mix ingredients.
  • spread parsnips on a pan for roasting.


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