While raw parsnips are edible, the sweetness really comes through when they are cooked. The Spruce Eats recommends peeling them to avoid any bitter flavors. Once prepped, you can roast, boil, fry, or steam them, depending on the dish. Parsnips contain less starch than potatoes, so they don’t get as mushy when cooked (via The Spruce Eats). They make a great addition to a soup, stew, or wherever you’d use carrots. For an extra-delicious alternative to potatoes, turn them into fries or chips, or puree them as a side for your next pot roast. Since they are naturally sweet, they can also be grated and used in baking.
Besides the variety of dishes you can cook up with this multifaceted vegetable, they are also incredibly nutritious. They contain high amounts of soluble and insoluble fiber, which are beneficial for heart health, blood sugar regulation, and digestion, according to Healthline, which further notes that parsnips are also low in fat and are suitable for weight loss diets.
Don’t be fooled by their pale appearance. Parsnips are high in antioxidants, vitamins C and K, manganese, folate and potassium (via Healthline). Organic Facts mentions that parsnips are aphrodisiacs, which makes sense, given that potassium is a vasodilator. They also aid in producing sex hormones. Besides spicing up your sex life, parsnips are used in herbal medicine for their host of properties.
Whether you eat them for their delicious flavor and versatility or to take advantage of their health benefits, parsnips should be a regular on your table.