Parsnips are closely related to parsley and carrots and are a root vegetable.
If you leave a parsnip in the ground longer as it matures it will be sweeter in flavor after the winter frosts. It has a cream like color for its flesh and skin.
It is a very versatile vegetable that can be used in a variety of dishes which make it a hit with chefs.
Parsnip can be prepared in a number of ways such as sauteed, baked, fried, boiled, steamed and more.
So can hamsters eat parsnips?
Before we can do that we need to know the particular when it comes to the nutritional data.
If you look at the facts on Wikipedia you will see that this veggie contains a lot of water, acidic content and phosphorus content. It also has a little calcium and a hint of fat. Additionally it has a bit of sugar.
Because of these nutritional facts Syrian and Robo hamsters can only eat very little parsnips on occasion in small pieces that are served raw.
However make sure not to feed this vegetable to them all the time as it will make them bloated and sick due to the large amounts of water and acidic content.
Russian Campbell dwarf’s, Winter white dwarf’s and Chinese hamsters cannot eat parsnip though because of the sugar content and their prone nature of developing diabetes.
Therefore be very careful when feeding parsnip to your hamsters as some types of hamsters can have a little parsnip and some cannot.
If you are unsure avoid this veggie all together.