How to cook Parsnips
There’s so much you can do with parsnips. Try slicing up into wedges and roasting them to serve alongside your roast dinner, or boil and mash them as a potato alternative. You can also add them to hearty stews, soups, curries and casseroles, or cut them into thin slices and bake them into delicious parsnip crisps. You can even eat parsnip raw – try grating it into a salad! With larger parsnips, you may need to cut out the woody core.
WHAT ARE PARSNIPS?
Parsnips are a root vegetable. They are part of a family of plants called apiaceae, which also includes carrots, parsley, coriander and celery. A firm family favourite, they have a beautifully sweet, earthy taste. Parsnips are said to have an even better flavour after they have experienced a winter frost.
WHEN ARE PARSNIPS IN SEASON?
Parsnips are at their best from September to March, but you can normally get the sweetest ones in mid to late winter. Perfect for winter warmers!
HOW TO STORE PARSNIPS
Store parsnips in the fridge and they should last a good couple of weeks – just use them before they go soft.
What are the health benefits?
Parsnips are a source of folate. Folate helps to reduce tiredness and fatigue so we can stay alert and awake. One medium parsnip counts as one of your 5-a-day.