Is it just me or are parsnips having something of a moment right now? I never gave much attention to these root vegetables (which I always imagined to be bland, anemic versions of carrots) until very recently. But just in the past couple months I’ve had them pureed as a side dish at a fancy-pants dinner party and seen them featured at one of my favorite downtown Honolulu gourmet lunch spots. Bland and boring they are not.
And now I find out that they’re an excellent juice ingredient as well. Combined with pears, they create a mellow, sweet and thick juice that’s almost smoothie-like (and dare I say, quite photogenic). A touch of lime adds brightness and a touch of acidity. If you’re getting adventurous and want to start branching out from strictly fruit juices, this is a good one to try.
The Fruity Root – Pear, Parsnip and Lime Juice
Yield: 1-2 servings
* 2 pears, washed and quartered
* 2 parsnips, washed, ends trimmed, and cut into several pieces
* 3-4 calamansi limes
Process the ingredients through a juicer. Serve immediately over ice.