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Parsnips – how to grow it and what are its healing properties?

Many vegetables, which used to be very frequent in Polish cuisine, suddenly stop appearing in it. Some of them return to favor after some time. This is what it is like with parsnips.

How to distinguish parsley from parsnips? Is it worth including parsnips in your daily menu? What recipes can you start your adventure with this slightly forgotten vegetable?

What is parsnip?

Parsnips is a very old vegetable that was once used in place of vegetables – both in salads and in soups. It is very valuable because it has up to three times more nutrients than the more popular carrot.

Parsnips and parsley – what’s the difference?

How to distinguish parsley from parsnips? The smell of parsnips is confusingly similar to parsley. However, the taste is completely different – much more similar to … a carrot. It has a distinct aroma, with a hint of cumin and fennel, which is why even when soloed it tastes great.

Parsnips from parsley are best recognized by their appearance. Especially during the flowering period, when the flowers of the vegetable in question are yellow, and the parsley – white. The difference is also in the picture. Parsnips have leaves that are larger than those of parsley. Parsley leaves can be eaten, while parsnip leaves should not be eaten because they contain phototoxic coumarin derivatives.

Parsnips – recipes

Due to its beneficial properties, parsnips are very often used in the kitchen. Although it has been forgotten a bit in recent years, it has been for some time now that it has returned to favor and is appearing more and more at Polish tables. Below are three proven recipes for dishes with parsnips.

Parsnips with humus – a healthy snack

Long evenings make us happy to spend time at home in front of the TV. This is when we most often feel like having something to eat – some trinket that will go well with tea, beer and fresh juice. Parsnips are perfect here, just peel and slice them, and then eat it with homemade hummus. It is an extremely healthy, filling and digestive snack that should be served on our plates as often as possible.

Salad with parsnips

Another interesting recipe is salad with parsnips. You can eat it with dinner or solo. It is best served with finely chopped or grated parsnips mixed with carrots, apples and onions. We choose the proportions of vegetables ourselves depending on what flavor is to be dominant in the salad. It is worth sprinkling the whole with good olive oil so that our body better assimilates all vitamins contained in the salad (especially those insoluble in fats, such as A, D, E and K). It is worth seasoning this salad with salt and pepper and a little sugar.

Parsnip cutlet

An interesting recipe is also a parsnip cutlet. Coat the vegetable pieces in one egg and breadcrumbs (or in a slightly healthier version – ground corn or oat flakes) and then fry.

Parsnips – healing properties

The main reasons why you should eat parsnips are for health reasons. First of all, it has a calming effect, supports digestion, regulates the circulatory system and stimulates the urinary system. It is very easy to prepare, and his use in the kitchen wide because it is used like a popular Italian.

Parsnip it contains a number nutrients and vitaminsnecessary for the proper functioning of the body. It is rich in essential oils, vegetable fats, fiber, potassium and vitamin C. It is an excellent vegetable for the fall and winter period as it contributes to the improvement of immunity.

Folic acid, B vitamins and flavonoid glycosides are also ingredients that can be found in large amounts in the root of parsnips. Therefore, especially pregnant women and people suffering from deficiency of B vitamins should include it in their daily diet and find a use for parsnips in their kitchen.

Growing parsnips it is very simple, so basically each of us can grow it in our vegetable garden. It is extremely resistant to frost compared to other vegetables, so in Poland we will not have any major problems with its cultivation. The most favorable temperature for it after the growth period is between 16 and 18 degrees. It is also worth knowing that the seeds germinate at a temperature of 2–5 degrees.

Simple cultivation, a host of health benefits, a wealth of nutrients, and an easy way to prepare parsnips are the best reasons to convince yourself of it.

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Source From: Dziendobry

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