Parsnips have a taste that is similar to carrots, without being as strong, and also with a nuttier, grassy taste. Parsnips are shaped in the same manner as carrots, and like carrots develop more sweetness when they are roasted.
Parsnips are part of the same family of root vegetables from which both carrots and parsley come. It is a hardy plant that is able to withstand light winter frosts and can grow for as long as 2 years before being harvested. Parsnips are high in potassium as well as other minerals and vitamins and are a very good source of insoluble dietary fiber.