Parsnips are a root vegetable related to carrots. They have a sweet, earthy flavour and blend well with other root vegetables, especially in roasts and soups.
Parsnips contain Vitamins A, B and C and are a source of iron, calcium and potassium. They are available all year round, although traditionally Parsnips are a winter crop. They are best bought small to medium in size and stored in a cool dry place.
Parsnips were the predominant source of starchy foods in the Middle Ages before potatoes were introduced. Nowadays they are often forgotten but when discovered become regular addition to the shopping list.