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Learn to Love Parsnips

Parsnips are more than just craggy looking albino carrots. They are tasty tubers that are worth learning to love, and I don't think you will have to work hard to love them. Nutritionally speaking, parnips are like a cross between carrots and potatoes. They have a lot less vitamin A than carrots, but more vitamin C and a bit more fiber. Parsnips are high in folic acid, which is important if you are planning on getting pregnant in the near future.

Tastewise, the parsnip is also a blend of carrots and potatoes. They are sweeter than carrots and bit starchier, too. I don't think I am the only one who would say that they taste like Fall. They are in the height of their season right now, making them a perfect addition to your Thanksgiving meal. Parsnips are great roasted in a medley of Winter veggies and make a nice addition to mashed potatoes.

You can also turn them into tasty curry oven fries, and see how, just


Parsnip Fries With Curry Dipping Sauce

Parsnip Fries With Curry Dipping Sauce


  1. 2 pounds medium parsnips
  2. 2 tablespoons canola oil
  3. 1 teaspoon each ground cumin and coriander
  4. 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  5. 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon curry paste
  6. juice of half a lime
  7. 1 small green onion, minced
  8. Coarse salt and ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 450°. Peel parsnips. Cut by trimming tops and bottoms; slice in half crosswise to separate thick and narrow parts. Halve or quarter thick parts lengthwise, until all parsnip pieces are roughly the same size (this ensures even cooking).
  2. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss parsnips with 2 tablespoons canola oil and spices. Spread in a single layer.
  3. Roast until tender and golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes, flipping parsnips halfway through baking time.
  4. While parsnips roast, mix yogurt, curry powder, lime juice, and green onion in a bowl to use a dipping sauce. Salt and pepper to taste.

Serves 2 to 3

Serving these fries as a s side spruces up any soup and makes it a fun meal. Do you like parsnips? Let me know in the comments section below.

Serving these fries as a side spruces up any soup and makes it a fun meal. Do you like parsnips? Let me know in the comments section below.


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Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
I never had parsnips until i had soup homemade by my hungarian aunt. always has parsnips in her soups or stews. the "white carrot" is yummy :) tho my mother didn't take a liking to them.
facin8me facin8me 8 years
I've given parsnips a try and I haven't been impressed. But maybe I will try this recipe.
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
I love parsnips. I like to mash them with potatoes and chives.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i've started to learn more about this veggie so it's ironic that you're sharing this today. last year was the first time that i really came in contact with parsnips and i'm usually open to trying new veggies, so i can say that this was a nice surprise. i'm not much into potatoes for the starch factor, but since this does have some of that carrot characteristic, it's not quite so bad.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
Mmmm I love some roasted parsnips with my Sunday roast! I love them side by side with carrots and potatoes ... I also like thick and hearty parsnip soup.
jdeprima jdeprima 8 years
I love roasted parsnips. Also, they're delicious substituted for some or all of the carrot in carrot cake. Parsnip cake!
Mama-Sweat Mama-Sweat 8 years
I just tried feeding my family mashed parnsips for the first time last week. I loved them. Nobody else did. I will keep trying. Maybe the french fry route is the way to go!
tamint tamint 8 years
i grew up eating parsnips 1+ times a week, this looks yummy! I looovvvee parsnips boiled then baked in the oven with butter and pepper. Yum! :)
Advah Advah 8 years
I love parsnips, and this recipe looks delicious! Thanks - will have to try that tonight. :P
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