ParsnipsFun food facts

  • We’ve all heard that carrots are good for you. Well, so are their somewhat less popular white cousins, parsnips. Loaded up with fibre, vitamin C, potassium and folate — parsnips are a healthy choice.
  • Parsnips have a mild flavour and grow from the end of summer into spring, so you can enjoy them most of the year. Look for Ontario parsnips next time you go grocery shopping.

Brain teaser

True or false: Like carrots, parsnips can be eaten raw (grated) or cooked.

Answer: True. Wash, peel and grate a parsnip into salads. Tip: Use the smaller, more tender ones for grating.

Eat it up!

Cajun parsnip fries

New to parsnips? Don’t be shy, just give them a try.

Makes 6 servings.
Takes 15 minutes to prepare and 15 to 25 minutes to cook.
You’ll need an adult’s help.

You'll need:

  • 1 lb (500 g) Ontario parsnips
  • 1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) olive oil
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) Cajun or Tex-Mex seasoning blend
  • Salsa or your favourite dipping sauce

What to do:

  1. Peel parsnips and cut into French fry-size pieces.
  2. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  3. Toss with 1 tsp (5 mL) of oil. Spread out fries in a single layer.
  4. Bake in a 375°F (190°C) oven, stirring once or twice, until golden and tender, 15 to 25 minutes. Toss with remaining oil and season to taste.
  5. Serve with dipping sauce.