By Deliana
32 days ago

Parsnip

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Parsnips are sweet, fleshy underground taproots closely related to the carrot family of vegetables. They indeed have similar appearance and growth characteristics as other Apiaceae family members like carrots, parsley, celery, cumin, dill, etc. Botanically, they belong to the Umbelliferae (Apiaceae) family, in the genus, Pastinaca.
Pastinaca sativa is a biennial cool season crop native to the Mediterranean region. In its first year, it grows to about 1-1.5 meter in height and bears underground taproots which generally harvested after the first frost of the season. If left undisturbed, the plant develops umbrella-shaped clusters of small yellow flowers and seeds during the next season.
Its fleshy, stout roots appear as that of carrots, but are white or cream in color and sweeter in taste than carrots. Adequate winter frost is essential for a good crop to yeild since it facilitates the conversion of much of its starch into sugars and helps develop long, narrow, and firm parsnips. The roots generally harvested when they reach about six to ten inches in length, by pulling entire plant along with its root (uprooting) as in carrots.
Health benefits of parsnips:
- parsnip has potassium which acts as a vasodilator
- parsnips are rich in soluble fiber that helps to reduce cholesterol levels and also lowers the chances of developing diabetes
- parsnips are rich in folate that helps to reduce the occurrences of neural tube defects in newborn babies
- parsnips are rich in anti-oxidants and other organic compounds which protect us from various diseases
- parsnips contain an active ingredient called falcarindiol that can trace and destroy cancer cells in the colon
- parsnips can help prevent anemia as they are rich in iron and Vitamins C and B9
- if you want your bones and teeth to be healthy and strong include parsnips in your diet.
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