Parsnips may look like carrots in desperate need of a suntan, but there is much more to this humble root vegetable than meets the eye! Parsnips spend much of their life tucked deep underground, slowly but surely accumulating natural sugars as the temperatures drop. The result is a delightfully sweet, nutty root vegetable that transforms into a thing of beauty when cooked into soups, purees, and hardy veggie roasts.
Parsnips pair beautifully alongside fellow root veggies like carrots, sweet potatoes, and turnips. The creamy, delicate sweetness of parsnips marries well with dishes that also incorporate apples, balsamic vinegar, ginger, maple syrup, thyme and walnuts. When it comes to spices, Parsnips love warming flavors like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and curry powder.
If the greens are still attached, remove before storing. Wrap parsnips in a dry paper towel and place in a produce bag in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator.