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All About Growing Parsnips

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Parsnips, a less-popular relative of carrots, are a hardy, cool-weather root vegetable that sweeten with a touch of frost
  • If you have the patience to wait at least 120 days for parsnips to mature, you will be rewarded with an earthy-tasting vegetable that some characterize as a cross between a carrot and a potato
  • Parsnips are not only particularly rich in potassium and folate, but they also contain a good amount of vitamins C, E and K, as well as stores of calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc
  • In areas with mild winters, you can overwinter parsnips under a thick layer of mulch and harvest them in early spring when the ground thaws

Despite being in the same vegetable family, parsnips don't get nearly as much attention as carrots. For that reason, at least one source refers to parsnips as "the neglected relative of the carrot." Due to the fact their popularity has been somewhat supplanted by the potato since the 18th century, you may have trouble finding parsnips in your local grocery store.


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