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As a result, a carrot or parsnip picked after a freeze will have a higher sugar content than those harvested before the freeze.
Transfer parsnips to food processor along with cannellini beans.
The green blobs, which indicate food that is harvested that month, are restricted to two items: mesclun and parsnips.
Among the choices is this beautiful parsnip veloute, with pistachios and cocoa nibs for texture and a dollop of creme fraiche for heft.
The veggies include orange and purple carrots, parsnips, daikon radish, stripetti squash, kohlrabi, four varieties of beets, purple onions, green and purple cabbage, and 11 kinds of potatoes.
Black cod served with Oregon black truffle, parsnip mash, escarole and truffle jus is a house dinner favorite, but expect the menus to be ever-changing based on the season's best offerings.
Toss garlic head, parsnips and shallots with olive oil in a large baking dish.
Labneh, a Lebanese cheese resembling Greek yogurt, will be served on latkes, which will be made with other root vegetables like parsnips, in addition to potatoes.
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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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