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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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