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Everything you didn't know about parsnip
Parsnip or Parsnip as it is also known, is a vegetable whose appearance is very similar to a carrot, and like this one, it offers many properties that mainly benefit your eyesight.
Perhaps for some people the parsnip is not entirely familiar, it is native to Asia and Europe, this vegetable is typical of the autumn and winter seasons, we invite you to know everything about the properties it offers, so that you can take the maximum benefit.
Characteristics of Parsnip
If until now you did not know what parsnip was, the following characteristics will help you familiarize yourself with it:
The parsnip plant falls into the categories of the so-called biennials, this means that it will reach development after 2 years.
Although morphologically it is similar to a carrot, because it is elongated, and even the texture of its skin will remind you of the carrot, its color is different, the parsnip is creamy ivory.
It has large leaves, these can reach a size of up to 40 cm.
In the first year of life the parsnip has a short stem, in its second year it will present ramifications up to 80 cm long.
The seeds are flattened, brown and have streaks.
What are the properties of Parsnip?
With parsnip, you can prepare a wide variety of dishes, from stews, soups, purées, and its flavor is exquisite, but this is a vegetable is not only a good flavor, when you consume it you can obtain a wide range of nutritional properties such as following:
Contains vitamin B, C, E and K.
It has a variety of minerals such as; phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, potassium.
Parsnip is also rich in fiber and fatty acids such as omega 3 and 6.
It is an important source of carbohydrates and vegetable protein.
It also contains fiber.
Parsnip also contains natural sugars and provides a significant amount of energy to your body, so we recommend including it in your daily diet.
What benefits does the consumption of parsnip offer?
— It has a vasodilator effect, which allows the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
— Being rich in vitamin E, it works with an excellent natural antioxidant, this allows to protect cells from oxidative stress, which in turn prevents the development of eye diseases that can be degenerative, for example, cataracts.
— Helps reduce or control symptoms of diseases such as arthritis, hypertension and gout.
— Another benefit of parsnip is that it helps prevent constipation, improving the digestive system. Thanks to its diuretic properties and the amount of fiber it has.
— Because it contains vitamin B9, and up to a certain amount of folic acid, experts recommend its consumption by pregnant women, to prevent conditions in the fetus, such as spina bifida.
— It has a satiating effect which can help you control your weight, this because it contains vitamins, minerals and fiber. And its caloric content is low.
How can parsnip be used?
The uses of parsnip are very diverse, as we have told you, you can make from sauces, stews, to purée, there are even those who consume it fried, baked.
— The first step to consume parsnip is to remove all traces of dirt, which like any tuber may have.
— Some people consume their skin, however, its taste is not so pleasant, so the ideal is to remove it, but do it very carefully, so that you can keep as much meat as possible.
— In case you obtain parsnips with their leaves, these can be consumed just like chard.
— Roasted, sautéed, steamed, and you can even consume them raw, for this you must grate them, or cut them into thin slices, or sticks, as you usually do with carrots.
Once you taste parsnip, you will love its taste and now that you know all the properties and how beneficial it is for your inner health, you will want to continuously incorporate it into your daily diet. In addition, when you consume it continuously in autumn and winter, you will be helping to strengthen your immune system.