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The grilled 12-ounce New York strip in merlot jus comes with sautéed wild mushrooms, fondant potato and parsnip puree.
Spiralizers work well with sturdy produce such as zucchini, carrots, beets, celeriac, eggplant, sweet and white potatoes, parsnips, turnips, broccoli stems, jicama, firm apples and pears.
These 19 recipes prove that parsnips are so much more than pale carrots.
But there, in the bowls and on the plates, is a bisque made with local parsnips; polenta from Wild Hive Farm in Clinton Corners; cheese from Chaseholm Farm in Pine Plains; and a bounty of vegetables grown throughout the Hudson Valley.
Wild parsnip, in fact, may date back to the earliest settlers.
Plant seeds for beets, carrots, Chinese cabbage, head lettuce, mustard, onions, parsley, parsnips, potatoes, rutabagas and turnips.
Sow seeds for head lettuce, parsnips, rutabaga, beets and turnips directly in the ground.
Plants that do best directly seeded include carrots, parsnips, beets, radish, mustard and arugula.
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Did You Know?
The word parsnip was borrowed into Middle English in the 14th century as a modification of the Old French word pasnaie, itself derived from the Latin noun pastinaca, meaning "parsnip" or "carrot." The scientific name for the parsnip, "Pastinaca sativa," still reflects this history. "Pastinaca," in turn, traces back to "pastinum," a Latin word for a small gardening tool used to make holes in the ground for the insertion of plants, seeds, or bulbs. "Parsnip" may also remind you of the name of another edible root, "turnip," and there's a possible explanation for the resemblance. The Middle English spelling of "parsnip" ("passenep") may have been influenced by "nepe," the old form of "turnip."
Origin and Etymology of parsnip
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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: a vegetable that is the long white root of a plant related to the carrot
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