The parsnips more than a fruit it is a vegetable, most people tend to confuse it with carrots because they have a very similar resemblance, although in reality they are not the same.
They are usually widely used in the kitchen, preparing different dishes, they contain great properties that help prevent and counteract diseases.
They are also known with the name of field celery, despite their similarities with carrots, their color is very different, they are usually pale, like an almost white cream color.
What is parsnip and its main characteristics
The parsnips They are a type of tubers of which different types can be found, in some places it is called pasticana by its scientific name (pasticana sariva), it can also be called field celery, given its origin and the way it is cultivated on the ground, much like carrots.
Parsnips are also rich in properties that can bring endless benefits if consumed regularly, although it stands out for having a color that contrasts completely with that of carrots.
They are also closely related to parsley. Something interesting about parsnips is their flavor, they are not as used in food as carrots, generally people tend to be very inclined to these and perhaps that is because they are not so well known or because they think they cannot taste so good.
But the truth is that parsnips taste much better than carrots, they are much sweeter and this gives them a very wide versatility when preparing certain foods that require a more sweet-inclined taste. Besides, parsnips can also be eaten raw, although its preparation is generally cooked.
Now the parsnips originated in Asia and Europe, it is known that they were used for several centuries ago, they arrived in America approximately in the seventeenth century, from that moment they began to be cultivated and consumed, later their consumption spread even more by different countries of America .
Its close relationship with carrots is due to the fact that both are part of the Umbeliferas botanical family, among which fennel and celery also enter. Parsnips also have a fairly strong aromatic smell, which is why it is also found in relation to aromatic and medicinal plants such as: coriander, coriander, anise or parsley.
Thanks to that particular smell, it adds an interesting aroma to more astronomical preparations that are made with them. Something curious about parsnips is that, in the past, it was believed that they could be used to reduce the fatigue of the feet and relieve pain caused by the teeth, today it is known that this was a false belief.
Its characteristic sweet taste comes from its starch, before this tuber is harvested the starch turns into sugar giving that flavor. Another curious fact is that, formerly in Europe, before sugar existed to sweeten preparations, parsnips were used as the natural sweetener.
These preparations were generally cakes or any variety of sweets. That use was stopped when the sugar appeared, coming from the cane.
Types of parsnips
There are 3 types of parsnips, which are generally differentiated by their sizes and shapes, of which they are:
- Bulb type: east kind of parsnips They are characterized by growing bulbous, rounded and not so long, in fact they are the smallest. There are several species of this type, the flavor they present is quite mild and their crust can be equally soft.
- Wedge type: this type of parsnip has a slightly longer shape than bulb-type parsnips, they are not very wide either. There are several kinds of this type and they are characterized by having a small nucleus in the center, their flavor is soft, delicate and their crust is soft. This type also usually has one of the palest colors.
- Bayonet type: of the 3 types, these are usually the longest of all and have the narrowest body, they are the most common parsnips, so it is easier to find this type. They are characterized by being pale and at the same time with a brownish color, their rind is soft and their taste is very sweet and delicate.
Benefits and properties of parsnips in the body
Parsnips have a very high level of nutritional properties, the amount of compounds that can be obtained with their consumption is impressive. Among its properties are: vitamins B6, vitamin C and vitamin E, provide carbohydrates, fibers, proteins, folic acid, iron, potassium, magnesium and manganese, calcium, thiamine, pantothenic acid, copper, selenium, phosphorus, niacin and thiamine .
Thanks to all these component parsnips can treat and reduce the acquisition of some diseases that commonly attack the human body, among the main benefits it can bring to health are:
- Improves heart health: potassium is one of the main responsible for making the blood pathways act correctly and not be obstructed, thanks to the potassium concentrations that this fruit has, it is possible that it can contribute to the improvement of the heart health.
- It is a perfect ally to avoid obesity: this food provides many fibers that give the body a feeling of fullness for longer, reducing anxiety levels and at the same time preventing cholesterol, helping to have a better digestion and preventing diabetes .
- Improves the immune system: these are due to the vitamin C and vitamin E it has, responsible for strengthening the immune system of the person and preventing the spread of infectious diseases.
- Regenerative: thanks to the high levels of miners it has, it is a complete indispensable in the diet, helping the body to work better in its regenerative systems, at the same time promoting growth.