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river, c.150 mi (240 km) long, rising in central British Columbia, Canada, and flowing northwest to join the Finlay River at Williston Lake and form the Peace River. Explored by Sir Alexander Mackenzie in 1793, it became, with the Peace River, an important fur-trade route.


garden plant (Pastinaca sativa) of the family Umbelliferae (parsleyparsley,
Mediterranean aromatic herb (Petroselinum crispum or Apium petroselinum) of the carrot family, cultivated since the days of the Romans for its foliage, used in cookery as a seasoning and garnish.
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 family), native to the Old World. It has been cultivated since Roman times for its long, fleshy, edible root. Wine and beer have also been made from it. The wild form has become naturalized in North America, often proving a noxious weed. Parsnip is a biennial but is cultivated as an annual. The root can be left in the ground all winter without deterioration. It is also used as livestock feed. Parsnip is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Apiales, family Umbelliferae.


Pastinaca sativa. A biennial herb of Mediterranean origin belonging to the order Umbellales; grown for its edible thickened taproot.


1. a strong-scented umbelliferous plant, Pastinaca sativa, cultivated for its long whitish root
2. any of several similar plants, esp the cow parsnip
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Parsnips store well year-round, but are best in season from fall through spring, when you're most likely to see them in farmers markets.
Parsnip canker can cause serious problems for UK farmers - with significant losses during harvest and storage.
By September you should be harvesting baby parsnips and in October the bigger roots can be lifted once the tops have died down.
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Yesterday Mr Cookson, who runs the Flying Fox business consultancy from Meldon Park, where he lives with his wife Emily and their three young daughters, said: "We sold five parsnips from the stall last week and last Sunday there was pounds 1 in the honesty box.
The Honey Roast Parsnips are just one of the latest additions to the existing portfolio of over 25 frozen products which includes Aunt Bessie's flagship frozen Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, dumplings, stuffing balls and a wide range of frozen sponge puddings, pies and crumbles.
Peel parsnips and cut into quarters, remove centre.
Add parsnips, broth, 1/2 teaspoon allspice, and pepper; cover and bring to a boil on high heat; reduce heat and boil gently until parsnips are tender when pierced, 15 to 20 minutes.
st mhese ht With the first frost come the sweetest of parsnips.
He visited family-run Tattersett Farm, where the Hammonds grow parsnips to sell to Morrisons.