Parsnip

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The parsnip is native to Eurasia; it has been used as a vegetable since antiquity. It was cultivated by the Romans. It was used as a sweetener before the arrival in Europe of cane sugar.

The plant is closely related to carrot and parsley; all belong to the family Apiaceae. Its long, tuberous root has cream-colored skin and flesh. Left in the ground to mature, it becomes sweeter in flavor after winter frosts.[1]

Ketometer one - avoid
Ketometer nine - very starchy, not allowed

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Interesting facts about Parsnip

Parsnip
Parsnip
  • Are you aware that parsnips are a root vegetable?
  • Are you aware that parsnips are closely related to carrots and parsley?
  • Are you aware that parsnips are cylindrical in shape?
  • Are you aware that parsnips look like a white carrot?
  • Are you aware that parsnips have a cream-colored skin?
  • Are you aware that parsnips have a white interior?
Parsnip chips
Parsnip chips
  • Are you aware that parsnips originated in Eurasia?
  • Are you aware that that in ancient times parsnips were a common food in many cultures but then they were replaced by potatoes?
  • Are you aware that parsnips are considered a winter vegetable?
  • Are you aware that parsnips become sweeter after the first winter frost? (In near-freezing temperatures the starch in the parsnip root changes into sugar, resulting in a unique nutty, sweet flavor.)
  • Are you aware that parsnips were used as a source of sugar in Europe before sugar cane and the sugar beet were available?
  • Are you aware that parsnips resemble carrots in taste but are sweeter, especially when cooked?
Parsnip & Pear Soup accented with Roasted Chestnuts
Parsnip & Pear Soup accented with Roasted Chestnuts
  • Are you aware that parsnips are usually cooked but also can be eaten raw?
  • Are you aware that parsnips can be baked, boiled, pureed, roasted, fried or steamed?
Parsnip pear soup
Parsnip pear soup
  • Are you aware that parsnips are rich in potassium?
  • Are you aware that parsnips contain anti-oxidants which may help prevent cancer?
  • Are you aware that parsnips are high in fiber which may help reduce blood cholesterol and prevent constipation?

References

  1. Rubatsky V.E. et al 1999. Carrots and related vegetable Umbelliferae. CABI Publishing. ISBN 978-0-85199-129-0


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