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Parsley Root from McClendon's Select: This Week's Fresh Pick

Happy root vegetable season, everyone! That's right, the root veggies are back at local farmers markets in a big way, just in time for you to begin experimenting with different recipes for your Thanksgiving dinner. Although parsley root doesn't typically get the spotlight in the root veggie world, the white carrot-looking vegetable is great for a fresh, bright kick to your regular root vegetable rotation. Its intense flavor with unique herbal hints will make you an instant parsley root fan when used properly.

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Price: $2 per bunch

Vendor: McClendon's Select

Where to Pick It Up: Old Town Farmers Market, Open Saturday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

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Parsley root is exactly what it sounds like it would be -- the underground root of a parsley herb. That means when you buy parsley root, you typically also get the parsley, which can be saved for other recipes. Parsley root tastes like a cross between celery and parsley with a carrot or parsnip-like texture and appearance. It can be boiled and mashed into potatoes for an herbaceous take on the classic side dish. It's also a favorite for soups due to its sharp flavor and ability to blend down to a smooth consistence or roasted along with other root vegetables and herbs. No matter how you cook it, parsley root is a nutrient rich, flavorful pick for your one-of-a-kind T-day meal.

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