Ruminations on Root Vegetables

Last night I bought some root vegetables to make soup–root vegetable soup with turkey. Wholesome. Nutritious. That was the plan anyway. I bought four red potatoes, a turnip (or I call it a turnip–people here in the States call it a rutabaga), a parsnip, and an onion. I already had celery and carrots. That’s it. Just chop them up, put them in a pot, add fat, add salt, and turn up the heat.

What is a parsnip anyway? How would you describe a parsnip? Is it a white carrot? Is it an albino carrot? I have red hair. When I was younger, I used to get called carrot top. If I bleached my hair, will they call me parsnip head? Or turnip top?

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