As promised, here is another wonderful soup recipe from one of the Hudson Valley’s most esteemed restaurants. This Parsnip and Apple Soup is courtesy of Agnes Devereux, owner of The Village Tea Room in New Paltz, NY.

Parsnips are a root vegetable with a high mineral content (lots of calcium, iron and potassium in particular); they also contain some beta-carotene and vitamin C (parsnip nutrition info courtesy of Living Cuisine by Renee Loux Underkoffler).

I like parsnips both raw and cooked; I sometimes shave them into salads like this, and they are wonderful when roasted, alone or with other vegetables.

As far as growing them is concerned, parsnips are particularly delicious when their natural sweetness is allowed to develop by leaving them in the ground until well after the first frost, so the starches can convert to sugars.

This simple recipe perfect for the fall/winter pairs parsnips with potatoes. The sweetness of the parsnips is enhanced by the apple cider and it has a luscious velvet-y consistency when puréed with a little cream. To make it vegetarian, substitute vegetable stock for the chicken stock.

This parsnip soup recipe is my entry for Weekend Herb Blogging this week.
Weekend Herb Blogging is an event managed by Haalo, and I am this week’s host!

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4 Comments

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    Lauren — November 19, 2009 @ 8:36 pm

    Yum! I think I have to make some soup soon – you keep showing us fabulous flavours!

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    Kalyn — November 23, 2009 @ 9:08 am

    I just confessed on another blog that I’ve never cooked with parsnips even once, and now here’s another delicious-looking recipe using them! Can tell I need to try them!

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