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1 cup slices, parsnip

  • Calories 100
  • Calories from Fat 3.6
  • Amount%DV
  • Total Fat 0.4g1%
  • Saturated Fat 0.066g0%
  • Monounsaturated Fat 0.149g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 0.063g
  • Cholestreol 0mg0%
  • Sodium 13mg1%
  • Potassium 499mg14%
  • Total Carbohydrate 23.93g8%
  • Dietary Fiber 6.5g26%
  • Sugars 6.38g
  • Protein 1.6g3%
  • Calcium 5mg1%
  • Iron 4mg22%
  • Vitamin A 0%
  • Vitamin C 38%

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Not to be confused with Cow parsnip. It has been suggested that Pastinaca be merged into this article or section. (Discuss) This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding reliable references. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (June 2008) This article's tone or style may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. Specific concerns may be found on the talk page. See Wikipedia's guide to writing better articles for suggestions. (June 2008) Parsnip multiple parsnips Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae (unranked): Angiosperms (unranked): Eudicots (unranked): Asterids Order: Apiales Family: Apiaceae Genus: Pastinaca Species: P. sativa Binomial name Pastinaca sativa L.[1]

The parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) is a root vegetable related to the carrot. Parsnips resemble carrots, but are paler than most of them and have a stronger flavor. Like carrots, parsnips are native to Eurasia and have been eaten there since ancient times. Zohary and Hopf note that the archeological evidence for the cultivation of the parsnip is “still rather limited,” and that Greek and Roman literary sources are a major source about its early use, but warn ``there are some difficulties in distinguishing between parsnip and carrot (which, in Roman times, were white or purple) in classical writings since both vegetables seem to have been sometimes called pastinaca yet each vegetable appears to be well under cultivation in Roman times.``[2] As pastinache comuni the ``common`` pastinaca figures in the long list of comestibles enjoyed by the Milanese given by Bonvesin de la Riva in his ``Marvels of Milan`` (1288).[3]



Until the potato arrived from the New World, its place in dishes was occupied by the parsnip and other root vegetables such as the turnip. Parsnips can be boiled, roasted, microwaved or used in stews, soups and casseroles. In some cases, the parsnip is boiled and the solid portions are removed from the soup or stew, leaving behind a more subtle flavor than the whole root and contributing starch to thicken the dish. Roasted parsnip is considered an essential part of Christmas dinner in some parts of the English-speaking world and frequently features in the traditional Sunday Roast. Parsnips can also be fried, or can be eaten raw, although raw parsnips are not frequently consumed.

The parsnip originates in the Mediterranean region and originally was the size of a baby carrot when fully grown. When the Roman Empire expanded north through Europe, the Romans brought the parsnip with them. They found that the parsnip grew bigger the farther north they went.[citation needed]


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While folk etymology sometimes assumes the name is a portmanteau of parsley and turnip, it actually comes from Middle English pasnepe, alteration (influenced by nep, turnip) of Old French pasnaie (now Panais) from Latin pastinum, a kind of fork, whose ending was changed to -nip by analogy with turnip because it was assumed to be a kind of turnip. It is among the closest relatives of parsley, which can be bred to develop a very parsnip-like root.


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Parsnips are not grown in warm climates, since frost is necessary to develop their flavor.[citation needed]. The parsnip is a favorite with gardeners in areas with short growing seasons. Sandy, loamy soil is preferred; silty, clay, and rocky soils are unsuitable as they produce short, forked roots.

Seeds can be planted in early spring, as soon as the ground can be worked. Harvesting can begin in late fall after the first frost, and continue through winter until the ground freezes over.

More than almost any other vegetable seed, parsnip seed significantly deteriorates in viability if stored for long, so it is advisable to use fresh seed each year.

In Roman times, parsnips were believed to be an aphrodisiac.

In the United States, this plant was introduced fairly early in history by British colonists as a root vegetable. In the mid-19th century, it was replaced in popularity by the potato and consequently escaped from cultivation. Today, most states have wild parsnip on their list of noxious weeds or invasive species.

Parsnip is used as a food plant by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species, including its namesake, the Parsnip swallowtail and also the Common Swift, Garden Dart, and Ghost Moth.

Nutritional properties

The parsnip is richer in vitamins and minerals than its close relative, the carrot. It is particularly rich in potassium with 600 mg per 100 g. The parsnip is also a good source of dietary fiber. 100 g of parsnip contains 55 Calories (230 kJ) of energy.

Dangers connected to wild parsnips

Picking of wild parsnip may cause phytophotodermatitis, as is the case with parsley and celery.[4] The sap of the plant reacts with sunlight, causing irritation, blistering and skin discoloration. The photosensitivity can last for months but can be mitigated by sunscreen.

When picking wild vegetables it is easy[citation needed] to mistake poison hemlock (Conium maculatum) for parsnip, as they have a similar scent. This can have deadly consequences since all parts of the hemlock are poisonous to consume. Poison hemlock contains volatile alkaloids that have been used as poisons since ancient times, notably in the death of Socrates. A reliable source should be consulted to differentiate the two.


^ ``Pastinaca sativa information from NPGS/GRIN``. Retrieved 2008-03-02.  ^ Daniel Zohary and Maria Hopf, Domestication of plants in the Old World, third edition (Oxford: University Press, 2000), p. 203 ^ Noted by John Dickie, Delizia! The Epic History of Italians and Their Food (New York, 2008), p. 38 (where they are identified as parsnips). ^ Phytophotodermatitis associated with parsnip picking Dr D.G. Hessayon (2003) The Vegetable & Herb Expert. Expert Books. ISBN 0-903505-46-0 Dr. Mary Robson (1999) Poison Hemlock : Dangerous to People and Animals``. Washington State University Online Directory Adam Hart-Davis (2001) What did the Romans do for us?. BBC TV

External links

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Pastinaca sativa profile on the USDA plants database Pastinaca sativa profile on Pastinaca sativa List of Chemicals (Dr. Duke's)  ``Parsnip``. Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). 1911. 


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