How to prepare parsnips
Young, small parsnips don’t really need peeling – just scrub clean and serve whole. Older parsnips should be peeled very thinly with a peeler or sharp knife, then chopped into evenly sized chunks. If the central core is very fibrous, this should be cut away.
How to cook parsnips
Chop into chunks and roast (40-55 mins). Cut into chunks and boil (15-20 mins). They can also be puréed into a mash, grated into rostis or shaved and fried into crisps.
How to store parsnips
In the fridge – they’ll last for around a week.
When is parsnip in season?
Choose the best parsnips
Go for small to medium parsnips, as larger ones can be fibrous, and always choose firm, rather than limp or shrivelled examples. Avoid those with lots of whiskers or brown patches as this indicates that they may well be old or even rotten.