In this short article, we're going to answer some of your most common questions on parsnip - including the ever so popular one: What Does Parsnip Taste Like?
Let's get to the parsnip...
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Texture of Parsnips
The texture of a parsnip will greatly depend on how you cook it...
- Roasted Parsnip: The texture of a roasted parsnip is similar to a roasted white potato, but more starchy. The outside of can get kind of crunchy, but it usually has a softer texture than a roasted potato.
- Boiled Parsnip: Boiled parsnips have a creamy texture. Some of the starch will get boiled out in the water, so it's a big lighter and less dense than a roasted parsnip.
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Does Parsnip Taste Like a Turnip?
While they have similar texture, a parsnip doesn't taste like a turnip. Parsnips have a sweet flavor profile while turnips tend to be slightly bitter. For context, a turnip tastes similar to a radish.
What Pairs Well with Parsnips?
- Soups: Parsnips are great additions to any kind of soup. They add a pleasant texture when boiled whole in a soup or can be pureed to get a butternut squash soup texture.
- Salads: As we mentioned, thin and raw parsnip pairs well with fresh veggies in a salad.
- Mashed Potatoes: You can pair mashed parsnips and mashed potatoes to for a creamier texture and slightly sweet and herb-like flavor profile.
- Savory Herbs & Spices: Roasting parsnips with herbs is a great way to compliment it's flavor profile. With a little bit of olive oil, salt and herbs of choice, you'll end of with delicious veggie chips.
- Sweet Spices: Spices like clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg are perfect.
Here are a few videos to illustrate greater detail...
In the video above, it shows how easy it is to puree parsnip into a creamy soup. throw some chives or scallions on there and you're good to go!