Peel the parsnips or salsify. Immediately plunge them into water mixed with a little lemon juice to prevent them from darkening. Cut the parsnips (or salsify) into thin strips and place them in a baking dish with 1/4 cup water. Sprinkle with the brown sugar or honey, lemon juice, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Dot everything with butter.
Cover and bake at 350°F for 1 hour or until the vegetable is tender. Stir once or twice while baking and add a little more hot water, if needed, to prevent it from drying out.