Principal commercial varieties are All American, Hollow Crown Improved and Harris Model, all similar in size, taste and color.
Parsnips contain potassium, fibre, Vitamin C and are a good source of folate.
In the Middle Ages, especially during Lent, Europeans favored the parsnip because of its flavor, nourishment and ability to satisfy hunger through meatless fasting periods. In fact, parsnips once enjoyed greater popularity than either potatoes or carrots.
Parsnips are enjoyed by North Americans, but are consumed in greater volume by the people of northern and eastern Europe and western Asia.