Parsley root vs parsnips - Knowledgebase Question

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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 crispum and parsnips are Pastinaca sativa. There is a "turnip-rooted parsley called Petroselinum crispum var. tuberosum.

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December 30, 2017
Both Parsley root and parsnips are related. They're all in the carrot family, which also includes fennel, dill, even Queen Anne's Lace. Parsnips are very mild and sweet in flavor. Parsley root has a stronger "herbier" flavor. I wouldn't use them interchangeably.

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