Funny .. we just had parsnips for the first time the other night. While at the Grocery store, Zachary asked what the white carrots were, I said Parsnips and he wanted to try them. They are bland, smell like carrots with a hint of sweet. I sauteed them in butter them topped it with shredded Moneterey Jack Cheese. I really liked it. I didn't think they tasted like turnips at all .. turnips, to me, have alot stronger taste. I love scalloped turnips ..YUMMY.