How to Select Parsnips

  • Choose parsnips that are firm and free of soft spots.
  • Parsnips can grow to be quite large. These larger parsnips tend to have a woody, bitter core so choose ones that are small to medium in size.
  • Look for parsnips with even coloring. Avoid ones with dark spots, which can indicate decay.
  • If the tops are still attached, look for tops that are fresh (as opposed to wilted) and vibrant green.

How to Store Parsnips

  • Parsnips do not need to be eaten right away. They can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.  
  • Remove tops before storing parsnips. Left attached, they can draw moisture out of the parsnip.
  • Store parsnips unwashed and loosely wrapped in a plastic bag. Place in your vegetable crisper.
  • Cooked parsnips can be stored for 2-3 days in the refrigerator.
  • Parsnips can also be frozen. To freeze, wash and peel your parsnips. Then dice into 1-inch cubes and blanch for 2 minutes. Cool cubes immediately in ice water. Drain well and then place in freezer bags for up to 10 months.

How to Serve Parsnips