Packed full of folate and a good source of potassium and manganese, parsnips deserve to be celebrated beyond Christmas. Folate works together with vitamin B12 to help make red blood cells and makes sure the nervous system is working as it should be. Potassium is needed to maintain a good balance in body fluids and make sure all the nerves and muscles are staying strong and healthy. Manganese is needed to keep bones growing and energy levels up.
When to give to your baby
Parsnips make a good choice for one of baby’s first vegetables. We recommend to start weaning at around 6 months, however every baby is different so follow your instinct or consult your health visitor if you are not sure.
The perfect parsnip
We like small organic parsnips! Choose the ones that are firm, have a light colour and have no bruises. Store parsnips in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.
Best way to cook them for your baby
For the first few times, try steaming the parsnips and then pureeing them either on their own or adding them to your little ones favourites. Later on in the journey, try roasting them with some olive oil and then serving them as finger food. If you make too much puree, they freeze well in ice cube trays and will last up to 3 months.