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Parsnips are a taproot vegetable. They are similar in appearance and growth to carrots, however, they are sweeter. The winter frost helps facilitate the conversion of starch to sugar. The roots are harvested when they reach six inches to ten inches in length.
Since Parsnips are sweeter than carrots, radishes and other root vegetables, they have more calories. They are an excellent source of fiber which helps lower cholesterol, obesity effects and constipation. They contain many poly-acetylene anti-oxidants. They supply 28% of the recommended vitamin-C daily consumption. This helps keep connective tissues such as teeth, tissue and gums healthy.
Parsnips add a sweet taste to salads, chutney and coleslaw. You can substitute them for potatoes by mashing them. They are good in stews, soups and stir-fries when paired with meat and fish.