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  • Did you know parsnips are actually parsley roots?

    They are? My OED says they're not even in the same genus: parsley being Petroselinum sativum and parsnips being Pastinaca sativa.

    • Umm... let me grab my bible...

      Doh! Of course you're right. (Where did I pick up this idea then? That damned grocery is spreading lies I tell you, lies!)

      Anyway, The Vegetable Bible [] says:

      Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa). One of the oldest gathered plants of the original inhabitants of Eurasia, the parsnip was an important food stable until it was superseded by the potato and the carrot in the mid-eighteenth century. Although regarded as something of an old-fashioned vegetable, they are still valued as a winter vegetable for soups and stews and are delicious roasted with beef.

      If you cook old-fashioned vegetables, are you a fuddy duddy? (If you use phrases like "fuddy duddy", are you a fuddy duddy?)