Parsnips. The less-vibrant (in color, not flavor) cousin of the carrot. Purchased from an incredibly adorable young girl at the Farmer’s Market. I think the taster and I both wanted to bring her home with us more so than the actual parsnips, although he probably won’t admit to that. ;)


Given their dull color, you may not believe that the parsnip has decent nutrition facts – it even has more vitamins and minerals than the carrot!

1 parsnip – 9” long

114 calories

6.4 g fiber

2.1 g protein


I really enjoyed the parsnips!  I decided to cut them up in fry shapes and roast until golden brown and I was amazed at how juicy they were, even after roasting! They were especially delicious dipped in a sriracha-spiked ketchup. I wasn’t convinced that I would like them, but I’ll be buying them more often, especially if that adorable girl keeps selling them.

Do you like parsnips? How do you eat them?

17 Comments (Reply )

  1. Angharad
    Aug 20, 2010 @ 9:50 am

    Goodness. Parsnips are my favourite root vegetable! I grew up hating them and then with wonderment realised how fabulous they are roasted. We’d always have them with our sunday roast growing up and now they are hands down my favourite. So sweet and yet earthy. Excited for the farmers’ market tomorrow!


  2. Erika @ Dr.TriRunner
    Aug 20, 2010 @ 10:49 am

    I would love to try parsnip fries!! I’ve also heard there excellent if you cook them up like you would breakfast potatoes, or shred them like hash browns!! I should look for them next time I’m at the FM!


  3. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    Aug 20, 2010 @ 10:53 am

    Mmmm! These look tasty! Did you get them at the Minneapolis or St. Paul Farmer’s Market? Or a different one… I guess there are more than just those two…

    I might have to grab some of these next time I go! Thanks for the informative post. :)


    • Emily
      Aug 20, 2010 @ 11:05 am

      Mill City Farmers Market – I love the St Paul one, but live a block from MC, so that is where I’ve been going!


  4. Tracey
    Aug 20, 2010 @ 11:20 am

    I’ve never had a parsnip. I will have to put it on my list of things to try.

    Did you put anything on them before you roasted them?


  5. lynn @ the actor's diet
    Aug 20, 2010 @ 9:12 pm

    parsnips are one of those veggies i LOVE but never buy. i always order them in restaurants – my fave is when they’re all pureed….


  6. Kristy
    Aug 21, 2010 @ 7:26 am

    I’ve never had parsnip, but after seeing how you roasted them, I think I just may have to give them a try! They look great! :) Thanks for sharing!!


  7. Lori
    Aug 21, 2010 @ 6:11 pm

    Honestly I’m not sure that I can say I’ve had a parsnip. I think I’ve had it in a mixed roasted veggies, but never just a parsnip. I’m not opposed, just haven’t had the opportunity. :)


  8. Cynthia
    Aug 21, 2010 @ 7:44 pm

    I have never tried parsnips before, but I have heard they are good cooked as fries like you described. Given your description, you definitely make me want to try them now.


  9. Sara @ Nourish and Flourish
    Aug 21, 2010 @ 7:51 pm

    I’ve never had parsnips, but they’re definitely on my “to try” list! It looks like they’re a nutritional powerhouse!


  10. Jennifer
    Aug 22, 2010 @ 6:32 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever had one, but now I want to try! :)


  11. Karla
    Aug 22, 2010 @ 8:27 pm

    I’ve never had parsnips! I hope I get them in my CSA in the fall!


  12. Jenna @ Healthy. Happy. Well.
    Aug 23, 2010 @ 12:13 am

    Interesting… i’ve never had parsnips. The nutritional value is worth checking them out though, thanks for sharing.


  13. nic
    Aug 23, 2010 @ 4:44 pm

    Watch out carrots, here comes the parsnip! These look great! I have a recipe for parsnip soup at home that I can’t wait to try after reading this post!


  14. Angela (the diet book junkie)
    Aug 24, 2010 @ 4:37 am

    i haven’t tried parsnips, but i’ve always wanted to. (just wasn’t sure how to go about it.) this looks easy enough though, thanks for sharing!


  15. Holly
    Aug 24, 2010 @ 3:29 pm

    sriritcha ketchup is genius.

    anyways, i heart parsnips. one of my fave ways to eat them is mashed with a bit of garlic and balsamic vinegar. oh my – they are delicious!!!


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