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Cooking and Eating Parsnips

Learn to Love: Parsnips

Depending where you live, having access to a variety of fresh produce can be hard during the Winter months. Thank goodness that root vegetables are in abundance though. These hearty vegetables hold up perfectly in comforting cold-weather dishes like stews, soups, and curries. And while most people are very familiar with carrots and potatoes, I've always been a sucker for parsnips — the neglected star of root veggies.

Parsnips look like a carrot that completely lost its orange hue. In terms of taste, they have the delicate flavors that are usually associated with root vegetables, but I find that a parsnip is sweeter than a carrot or potato. Nutritionally, it's a starchy veggie that's low in calories and is a good source of folic acid, vitamin C, and potassium. They also contain a decent amount of fiber and calcium too.

For me, cooking with parsnips is really easy because you can treat them pretty much the same way you do potatoes. I find that parsnips taste best roasted, especially when added to a Winter veggie medley because they add a nice sweetness to the dish. They also taste great diced in a stew or curry, or as a soup puree — especially when paired with cauliflower. For a little something different, add parsnips to your mashed potatoes or a gratin.

When shopping, look for medium-sized parsnips that are firm and blemish free. Raw parsnips can be stored for up to four weeks in your refrigerator. Pick some up at your local market this week! Tell me if you love the parsnip in the comments section below.

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