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#3068344 - 12/07/12 05:29 PM Yummy Parsnips!
gil1
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Yeah, it's about time to start harvesting the parsnips. I grab a few for supper about once a week, and I hopefully have enough to keep harvesting until March.

Not a lot of folks eat parsnips, and I have no idea why. They taste a lot like peanuts but with a softer consistency and a very rich flavor. Try it in the store first, then plant some. They are very easy to grow from seed.





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#3068524 - 12/07/12 07:49 PM Re: Yummy Parsnips! [Re: gil1]
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Interesting... Seen them in the grocery store and would have thought the flavor and consistency would be similar to a carrot. Will have to give them a try.
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#3068668 - 12/07/12 09:06 PM Re: Yummy Parsnips! [Re: Polecat]
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I think it's in the carrot family, but there's no taste resemblance. When cooked, the consistency is a little more like a potato, but a different taste. It's sweet yet nutty.

I jumped the gun a little. For optimum taste, you need to let the starches turn to sugars, and that means letting it get cold for a while. It's been so warm that it hasn't had a chance to turn yet. I need some more frosts to do the trick.

I prefer not to eat the inner core. It's too fibrous for me, so I cut the outsides off, cook it and chow down.
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#3068845 - 12/08/12 04:27 AM Re: Yummy Parsnips! [Re: gil1]
Hawk
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I used pheasant rather than chicken in this recipe. I had to buy the parsnips at Whole Foods in Memphis. They certainly add a great favor and tatse to food.

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chicken-cornbread-dumplings-50400000124737/
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#3069034 - 12/08/12 08:17 AM Re: Yummy Parsnips! [Re: Hawk]
gil1
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Looks pretty yummy to me. I may have to give that one a shot.

It seems most if not all the major grocery stores sell parsnips in Nashville. I haven't tried Publix, but they sell them at Kroger and Harris Teeter. Give them a taste.
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