What is it?
Parsnips are very similar to the carrots, except they are white and slightly sweeter. They are best harvested after the first frost in the fall, when their starches turn to sugars. Parsnips are always sold without their green tops, as they can cause a skin rash due to their toxic sap.
Where does it grow?
Parsnips were originally grown wild in Europe and western Asia. They were a staple food for the lower class.
How to eat it?
They can be eaten just like a carrot. Wash, peel, and then enjoy either raw or cooked. Do not eat the toxic green tops or stem.
Selection & Storage:
Select a parsnip that has its greens removed and that does not have new growth. It should be firm and slightly heavy for its size. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
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