Question: What are Parsnips?
What are parsnips? I always see them in recipes, but i am unsure of what they are and where to buy them.
Answer: Parsnips are a vegetable similar to a carrot, but have a stronger flavor and are lighter in color. They are often boiled, steamed, roasted, or baked - and often mashed, or they can be eaten raw. The outer color of a parsnip is much lighter than a carrot, having more of a yellowish color, and they are white on the inside. They are a root vegetable, grown much the same way as a carrot, and have a leafy top as a carrot does. Parsnips are delicious for their sweet flavor.
Buying and Storing Parsnips
Parsnips can be found in the produce section of your local grocery store. Choose parsnips as you would a carrot. Look for ones that do not have any obvious flaws or roots. Make sure the leafy top looks fresh and not wilted, and check to make sure the skin of the vegetable is smooth. Parsnips can be kept in a refrigerator for up to two weeks in a plastic bag, preferably in the crisper drawer.