Fresh parsnips

How to select

Choose firm, dry parsnips. Avoid parsnips with pits.

How to prepare

Rinse parsnips under running water, scrubbing with a vegetable brush. Trim about 3/4" off each end.

How to store

Place unwashed parsnips in an unsealed bag and refrigerate for three weeks.

Peak season

Fall, winter

Ways to use

  • Add parsnips to other root vegetables and roast them. 
  • Add to soup. 
  • Enjoy parsnips raw with your favorite dip.

Fun facts

  • Parsnips may look like carrots, but they have a different, sweeter flavor. 
  • Cold temperatures help parsnips taste better by converting starches to sugars.

Nutrition info and facts

Potatoes contain vitamin C, which helps heal the body and supports the immune system. Potatoes are an excellent source of potassium. Eat the skin too - it has fiber, which makes you feel fuller longer and may lower blood cholesterol.

1 medium potato = 168 calories, 5 g protein, 39 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 28 mg calcium, 49 mg magnesium, 117 mg phosphorus, 888 mg potassium, 12 mg vitamin C

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