EN on Foods

March 2017 Issue

Pass the Parsnips!

A wallflower among root vegetables, the parsnip has a history of fluctuating in and out of vogue. Though early history confused parsnips and carrots as the same vegetable, parsnips are believed to be native to the East Mediterranean and have been cultivated for at least 2,000 years. Both a staple food in Europe, and an elixir for stomachache and toothache, parsnips enjoyed great popularity until potatoes were introduced.

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