Parsnips look like a fat, white, conical shaped carrot. They have a very distinct sweet flavor.
Storage and Handling:
Parsnips will keep for up to two weeks in your refrigerator crisper drawer, un-peeled in a loosely closed plastic bag.
If you are fortunate enough to have a root cellar, they can be stored long-term when un-washed.
You can boil or steam parsnips and toss them with a little butter, salt and pepper to accentuate their sweetness for a simple side dish. You can also mash them with potatoes, add into a winter vegetable braise, or roast them in a high heat oven alone or with other root vegetables. They are also a nice addition to winter soups and stews.