Parsley root vs parsnips - Knowledgebase Question

Chicago, IL
Question by peggyg
February 15, 1998
What is the difference between parsley root and parsnips? Is parsley root a special type of parsley or something else altogether? Is it the same as parsnip?

Answer from NGA
February 15, 1998


Parsley roots may look the same as parsnips, but that's where the similarity ends. Parsley is Petroselinum crispin and parsnips are Pastinaca sativa. There is a "turnip-rooted parsley called Petroselinum crispum var. tuberosum.

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