Parsnip is a "Heirloom vegetable" in the Netherlands. This is a shame, because this vegetable is very healthy, versatile and easy to grow. It needs a long time to grow, so start early and harvest late. Parsnip can witstand some cold. The flavour of this very healthy vegetable is slightly sweet and anisy. You can cook, bake, stew and use parsnip in casseroles. Use it in soups or in purée with or without carrots.