What is the difference between parsley root and parsnip?

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With an almost identical appearance, it is not easy to separate parsley root and parsnip. Yet these are two different vegetables that require a different preparation. We explain!

Difference Between Parsley Root and Parsnip

Parsnip

Parsnips conquered our hearts en masse a few years ago as a forgotten vegetable and has now become so well established that we can no longer imagine it without it. A striking feature of parsnips is that characteristic slightly sweet and subtly earthy  taste. You could almost say that parsnip is somewhere between carrot and celeriac in terms of taste.

Parsnip is therefore a bit sweeter than parsley root and is therefore very tasty to combine with ingredients that are high in salt (such as bacon or other meat). For example, we like to make this traybake with bacon, parsnip and small potatoes , or this stew with parsnip and curry balls .

Stew of mashed potatoes with parsnips and curry balls

Parsley Root

Parsley root (or root parsley) is the lesser known vegetable of the two, although you see it more often in the supermarket these days. If not, you’ll have to look at specialty stores.

Either way, it’s worth it once: the distinct and spicy taste of parsley root is an interesting one to discover. Think: the taste of parsley , but sharper, more earthy, more aromatic and even slightly spicy .

Did you bring a few home? Process the parsley root in a stew, or make soup with it. You can also make fritters out of it, or replace celeriac with it. Martha Stewart also has a good recipe for roasted parsley root with garlic, soy sauce and pine bits (great with lamb!). We also like this parsley carrot soup with apple from Food52.

How do you recognize them in appearance?

Now good: since they are almost identical in appearance yet so different: how do you recognize the difference? You can pay attention to these external characteristics:

  • Parsnip: slightly thicker, cone-shaped, has a wider root and is also more dimpled there
  • Parsley root: most similar in shape to a normal carrot, narrower at the root, foliage grows outwards


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