They have cream-colored skin and flesh and can be left in the ground when mature as they become sweeter in flavor after winter frosts.
As a result, they are used a great deal in culinary dishes and are very versatile in how they can be used.
Parsnips can be cooked in a variety of different ways from baked, steamed, boiled, stir-fried, fried, sauteed and much more.
So can hamsters eat parsnips?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.
In particular, its acidic, water, fat, sugar, salt, calcium and phosphorus content is of interest as far as hamsters are concerned.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 314 kJ (75 kcal)
Dietary fiber 4.9 g
Thiamine (B1) (8%) 0.09 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (4%) 0.05 mg
Niacin (B3) (5%) 0.7 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(12%) 0.6 mg
Vitamin B6 (7%) 0.09 mg
Folate (B9) (17%) 67 μg
Vitamin C (20%) 17 mg
VitE (10%) 1.49 mg
Vitamin K (21%) 22.5 μg
Calcium (4%) 36 mg
Iron (5%) 0.59 mg
Magnesium (8%) 29 mg
Manganese (27%) 0.56 mg
Phosphorus (10%) 71 mg
Potassium (8%) 375 mg
Sodium (1%) 10 mg
Zinc (6%) 0.59 mg
Water 79.53 g
As you can see, parsnips contain a lot of water and acidic content, phosphorus, a little calcium, a hint of fat and quite a bit of sugar.
Because of this, Robo’s and Syrian hamsters can eat parsnips on a very occasional basis in small pieces served raw.
However, they can’t eat it all of the time due to its acidic and water content, as too much will make them bloated and sick.
Not everyone wins though. Winter white dwarf’s, Russian Campbell dwarf’s and Chinese hamsters cannot eat parsnips due to the amount of sugar they contain.
This is because these species of hamster are prone to diabetes and so will suffer if they eat foods with sugar content.
As a result it makes parsnips a food to avoid as far as they are concerned.