October 6, 2014—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read; price & availability may have changed.

The humble parsnip has long been overshadowed by its more colorful cousin the carrot.  Where the carrot is vivid, the parsnip tends toward achromatic.  We heartily recommend, however, that you give parsnips another look. To borrow a metaphor… it's best not to judge a veg by its color.

Parsnips are long and tapered like carrots, with pale flesh that resembles a potato. They're sweet, and if you leave the skins on, they deliver a delicate anise flavor. Delicious roasted or mashed, they're excellent accompaniments for the foods of the fall season. Making a roast? Add Parsnips in with the other root vegetables in the roasting pan. Having steak for dinner? Peel, cube, boil, and mash some Parsnips. (You can combine them in the mash with potatoes or enjoy them on their own.)

We're selling each one pound bag of Trader Joe's Parsnips for $1.69-$1.79 (price varies by growing region), a big value for these mild-mannered rockstars of the root veg world. You'll find them in our produce section.

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