They used to foist them upon us at school and to a child we left them uneaten. Yet they still served them.
Later in life people have often said to me: "ooh, they are very nice roasted/blanched/boiled/fried. But they are wrong. Parsnips are horrid. I've never met anyone whom, given the choice between Parsnips and nice vegetables will choose the parsnips.Let's face it, like neocons: nobody likes them.