The parsnip is a delicious root vegetable that resembles a carrot. They are long, cream-colored, and exhibit a nutty and sweet flavor profile. An interesting fact is that parsnips that grow in colder climates, or where a light snow covers the ground, are inherently sweeter. They also happen to comply with paleo and Whole30 diets, making them an excellent potato substitute.
Parsnips contain a diverse mix of nutrients, including fiber, vitamins C, E, & K, magnesium, folate, zinc, phosphorus, and vitamin B6. Additionally, they exhibit impressive antioxidant activity to help reduce oxidative stress. Increasing the amount of antioxidants you consume is beneficial for reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Some test-tube studies found that the polyacetylene compounds in parsnips may anti-cancer properties.
Parsnips are underutilized, mainly because people don’t know what to do with them. Once you unlock the secrets of parsnips, though, you won’t stop. The creations are endless and you’ll have them as a featured item on your shopping list during the fall season. They are available throughout the year but are freshest during the fall and winter months. We hope you love these parsnip fries, so much so that you make them instead of regular potato fries in the future!
- Prep Time:10m
- Cook Time:35m
- Total Time:45m
- 2 lbs parsnips, peeled
- 2 tbsp. avocado oil
- 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp. garlic powder
- 2 tsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp. dried thyme
- 3/4 tsp. sea salt
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400º F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
- After peeling the parsnips, slice off the ends and cut them into thin fries. They should be about 1/4-inch thick.
- Scatter the fries across the baking sheet and drizzle avocado oil and apple cider vinegar over them. Season remaining spices and mix with your hands to coat the fries.
- Bake the fries for 30-35 minutes, flipping halfway to ensure optimal crispiness.
- Remove from oven and serve with your choice of dipping sauce.