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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.
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Pastinaca sativa. A biennial herb of Mediterranean origin belonging to the order Umbellales; grown for its edible thickened taproot.
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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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6 THEY should be scrubbed rather than peeled as most of the flavour can be found directly below the skin of a parsnip.
The super-sized root vegetable is 36 times bigger than a standard parsnip and is large enough to produce a staggering 88, 2.5inch Sunday roast batons or 25 bowls of Jamie Oliver's spicy parsnip soup.