Parsnips are sweet, juicy underground taproots closely associated to the carrot family of vegetables. It is a biennial cool-season crop native to the Mediterranean region. It grows to about 1-1.5 meters in height in the first year and bears underground taproots which are generally harvested after the first frost of the season. Its fleshy, stout roots appear as that of carrots, but are white or creamy in colour and are comparatively sweeter in taste. Adequate winter frost is essential for an excellent crop to yield.