Are you familiar with parsnips? The other day, I bought a big bunch at the grocery store and the cashier said “What are those? Really ugly carrots?” She’d never seen them before, but honestly, her first impression wasn’t too far off. A root vegetable related to the carrot, parsnips look like paler, more gnarled versions of the beloved orange veggie. Parsnips have quite a different flavor though, much sweeter and a little bit more like a potato. They are coming into season now (and will remain in season until the spring), so now’s the perfect time to experiment with these versatile, tasty veggies. We’ve found seven easy, healthy parsnip recipes, so get cooking!