Have you ever tried a parsnip? What do think of them?
They are a close relative to carrot, but they have a creamier texture when cooked and more of a celery flavor. You can roast them, mash them, or put them in a stew.
Parsnip is a vegetable that is harvested after the first hard frost in the fall. The frost actually makes the parsnip sweeter. If you don't harvest your parsnip in the fall you can leave it in the ground all winter and then as soon as the ground thaws in the spring, dig them up. Here's a growing guide for parsnips if you are interested.
This is a parsnip that was in the ground all winter. The estate where the founder of Taltree lives has a kitchen garden and they dug theirs up last week. When I was offered a parsnip I accepted it gladly. It was delicious and sweet. Jeff made it into a lemon curry with tempeh - a variation on this recipe.
Here are some other exciting recipes using parsnips: