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At a very low temperature, vegetables with high sugar and low moisture content, such as parsnips, garlic, or even sunchokes, can be slowly dehydrated.
Sautéed cubes of butternut squash, with their warm color, appealed to me the most — though sweet potatoes, parsnips or carrots would work, too.
Meat eaters can revel in farm fresh entrees like free-range chicken wrapped in prosciutto or New Zealand lamb with sides of mint gelée and roasted parsnips.
Root crops, including beets, carrots, radish, parsnip, rutabaga and turnip, must be grown from seeds sown in the garden.
December ▪ Harvest parsnips, kale, beets, turnips, leeks, brussels sprouts and carrots after a moderate frost or light snow.
Today, Nim’s buys apples, parsnips, cucumbers and a range of other crops from British farmers.
Add potatoes, carrots and parsnips to baking sheet and toss with shallots and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper; arrange in even layer.
There are green vegetables to build healthy lunches and dinners around, and hearty root vegetables like parsnips and turnips that make every stew taste unique.
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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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Definition of parsnip for English Language Learners
: a vegetable that is the long white root of a plant related to the carrot
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