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However, Steingold’s latkes—crisp circles stuffed with potato and the nutty sweetness of parsnip—make a good case as a roe delivery mechanism too.
Accompanying the meat were vegetables, such as carrots, parsnips, fingerling potatoes, cauliflower and broccoli rabe.
Parsnips As with carrots, parsnips are a root vegetable designed to withstand cold, dry winters.
In all Bay Area microclimates, carrot, beet, turnip, rutabaga and parsnip can be planted in late winter through spring and again in late summer.
Recipe: Darina’s Shepherd’s Pie And to drink ... The combination of braised duck, potatoes and parsnips calls for a hearty red wine that nonetheless is well structured but not oaky.
Now's the time to go, while flourishes of spring produce—asparagus, green garlic, English peas—still bump against sunchokes, turnips, and parsnips on the menu.
Bring to a boil, then reduce to low and cook until the parsnip and potatoes are soft.
Increase oven temperature to 475 degrees F. On another large rimmed baking sheet, toss carrots, parsnips and leeks with oil and 1⁄4 teaspoon salt.
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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."
PARSNIP Defined for English Language Learners
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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