Even the ancient Romans appreciated the sweet, aromatic taste of parsnips. Parsnips are rich in starch and therefore very nutritious and a high proportion of essential oils gives the vegetables their fine-spicy-sweet aroma. Due to the high starch content, parsnips used to be used for yeast fermentation to produce beer and parsnip wine. In addition, their juice was reduced to a thick syrup, which served as a spread and sweetener. Today, the parsnips are cooked or eaten raw - similar to celery or carrots. Parsnip roots pair well with game and beef dishes when cooked as vegetable, especially when garnished with a few fine herbs. They can also be processed into a delicious, creamy soup.

sugars in g/100g*
fructose sucrose glucose fructose total**
0,26 2,26 0,25 1,39

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The parsnip lasts for months at temperatures below two degrees Celsius. In fact, the aroma improves even more after the first frost. The content of potassium and vitamin C is higher in the parsnip than in the carrot. Potassium is needed, among other things, for the transmission of nerve and muscle impulses and vitamin C helps, for example, the structure of connective tissue. However, parsnips also contain so-called furocoumarins. When consumed in high quantities, they can cause rashes when exposed to sunlight.

For individuals with an average tolerance about 100g makes a good test.

*amount of sugar depends on variety and ripeness
**The value of 'fructose total' composes of the pure fructose and 1/2 of the sucrose.

source: BZfE,