There's More Than Meets The Eye!
Here's another case of its what’s on the inside that counts. Parsnips may not be as visually appealing as their lookalike, the carrot, due to its lack of vibrant colour but they have got a lot to give! Parsnips have a unique flavour that sets them apart and can be associated with many health benefits, this is thanks to their rich vitamin and mineral content.
Parsnips contain a healthy dose of potassium, which is great for keeping a healthy heart. As it acts as a vasodilator, a compound that prevents arteries and veins from tightening, to reduce blood pressure.
Parsnips are also a great source of both soluble and insoluble fibre, making it good for your gut!
Parsnips can also help keep your bones strong as they contain a decent dose of magnesium and calcium.
Like many vegetables, parsnips are high in Vitamin C. Which is well known for it’s immune boosting benefits.
Parsnips have a unique earthy, slightly nutty and sweet taste. Planting parsnips in colder temperatures gives them this sweet flavour, as their starches convert to sugar when they are still in the ground.
Cooking them brings out the sweetness more. They can be easily substituted for any other root vegetable when cooking if you are wanting to diversify your vege intake! They are great boiled and added into a mash to mix it up from potatoes. Not to mention they are completely delicious roasted in our seasonal parsnip salad along with blue cheese, spiced walnuts, rocket and a vinaigrette dressing.