I like to think of parsnips as carrots “sweeter” cousin. And while they look a little more rustic and less attractive than their orange relative they make up for it in flavor and texture. Parsnips have an amazingly sweet taste with a hint of earthiness. They are lovely roasted until caramelized or pureed into a mash. Unlike carrots, parsnips take up some valuable real-estate at the farm and are in the ground for most of the year. We plant them in early spring and don’t harvest them until late fall (they taste best after a hard frost when their natural sugars are released.)  Because of this, parsnips tend to be a little pricer than carrots but are worth every penny. I hope the recipes below inspire you to pick some up the next time you’re cruising around your local farmers market.


Fall, Winter

Cooking Options

Raw, Roasted, Pureed, Mashed, Steamed, Boiled

Storage Best Practice

If possible keep them dirty and store them in plastic bags in the fridge or root cellar for up to 4 months. If they come pre-washed they wont keep quite as long but should still last a few months in the fridge in plastic bags.

All Parsnips Recipes

Parsnip, Cardamom & Date Crackers

January 29, 2022

Sausage, Kale & White Bean Soup with Parsnips & Carrots

November 05, 2021

Parsnip & Carrot Ginger Soup

January 26, 2021

Spicy Ginger Chicken & Rutabaga Soup

December 16, 2020

Turkey & Cranberry Pot Pie

November 29, 2020

Cardamom Spiced Parsnip & Date Muffins with Honey & Cream Cheese Frosting

January 30, 2020

Sausage, Kale & Root Vegetable Stew

January 14, 2020

Creamy Parsnip & Cauliflower Bisque with Bacon Crumble

December 17, 2019

Creamy Parsnip Mash

November 25, 2019

Harvest Pork & Cider Stew

October 03, 2019

Honey & Cardamom Glazed Parsnips with Rosemary & Sea Salt

January 18, 2019

White Bean Stew with Parsnips & Bacon

December 03, 2018

Parsnip & Apple Soup

November 02, 2017

Honey & Thyme Parsnip Muffins

May 05, 2017

Curried Root Vegetable Soup

March 20, 2017

Carrot Parsnip & Ginger Soup

January 30, 2017

Slow Cooker Chuck Roast

January 19, 2017

Turkey Vegetable Stew

January 09, 2017

Red Lentil Soup

December 15, 2016

Parsnip Chestnut Soup

December 09, 2016

Lentil Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie

November 14, 2016

Roasted Roots With Turmeric-Tahini Sauce

October 04, 2016

Lentil Vegetable and Chorizo Stew

March 22, 2016

Parsnip & Lentil Salad with Fried Eggs

May 20, 2015

Parsnip Fritters with Garlic Yogurt Sauce

May 12, 2015

Parsnip Fries with Tahini Herb Dip

April 29, 2015

Root Vegetable Pie with Quinoa Crust

March 02, 2015

Spiced Parsnip Apple & Coconut Soup

January 27, 2015

Spiced Parsnip Muffins with Maple-Cardamom Cashew Cream

December 04, 2014

Parsnip Collard Green & Chickpea Curry

November 07, 2014

Tumbleweed Farm Autumn Ratatouille

September 29, 2014

Spring Parsnip & Caramelized Onion Pasta

April 28, 2014

Parsnip Fries With Rosemary-Garlic Cashew Aioli

April 16, 2014

Lentil Parsnip And Fennel Soup

February 03, 2014