The parsnip is a root vegetable that is closely related to the carrot. It has a long, white taproot that is often compared to a turnip in appearance. Parsnip seeds are typically harvested in the fall, after the first frost. This helps to convert their starch into sugars, which gives them a sweeter taste.
Parsnips can be eaten raw or cooked, and are often used in soups and stews. They can also be roasted or mashed, like potatoes. Parsnips come in different shapes and sizes, and can range in color from white to cream to yellow-brown. The taste of parsnips has been described as being sweet and nutty, with a slightly bitter aftertaste.