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About parsnips

Native to Mediterranean Europe, parsnips have been around for thousands of years. Resembling colorless carrots, parsnips are long, tapered root vegetables that grow deep underground. They're easily fermented and were made into both beer and wine well into the 19th century. They're a great source of minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, and iron, and a noteworthy range of vitamins like C, B6, E, K, folate, thiamin, and pantothenic acid. Compared to carrots, parsnips have an almost spiced flavor, not unlike cinnamon or nutmeg, and share a similar form and woody texture when raw.

Parsnips are slightly sweeter than carrots, easy to prepare, and have a long shelf life. Like other root vegetables, parsnips are covered in corky skin and have a firm core that fields water up from the soil to the leaves. While available and harvested year-round, they're only able to develop their full flavor and are sweetest after extended exposure to cooler weather and frost while in the ground. Just like carrots, when temperatures drop, parsnips convert their starches to sugars. This is presumed to prevent their cells from fracturing in the cold but comes with the added benefit of residual sweetness. 

Just half a cup of cooked parsnips contains three grams of fiber and only 55 calories and, because of their high natural sugar content, they can be used in both sweet and savory recipes.

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FAQs About Parsnips

There are many different ways to prepare parsnips. Perhaps the easiest method is roasting them at high temperatures. An oven set to 425 degrees for about 20 to 25 minutes will perfectly caramelize the parsnips' sugars. They can be roasted alone or combined with other root vegetables as long as everything is cut to the same size. 

Parsnips are also a really great way to add flavor to your favorite potato recipes. Just cut and cook them in the same fashion as your potatoes. They're especially good when added to mashed potato dishes.

As with other root vegetables, parsnips are great in hearty soups or stews, either in place of or in addition to your favorite roots. Parsnips are also known for making excellent purees. 

Lastly, parsnips can be served like raw carrots, cut into thin, julienned strips, or in salads. They're especially good with pears. 

Yes! In addition to providing your pup with all of the rich nutrients humans get from parsnips, they are great for their metabolism and offer special benefits to dogs with kidney issues. As with carrots, beets, and sweet potatoes, you'll want to limit your dog's parsnip intake, however, since they're naturally starchy and high in sugar. Parsnips are rich in calcium, which is great for bone and dental health, rich in fiber which is excellent for digestion, contain antioxidants, and are a great source of vitamin C, which supports the immune system.
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