Fair words butter no parsnips, the saying goes, meaning that flattery will get you nothing. The earliest use of that saying, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is 1639.
Oh, how I rue the many years (never mind how many) I've lived in ignorance of the bliss of this delicious vegetable! Vegetarians in Paradise tried to tell me, and now I know they spoke the truth! (The picture accompanying this post is from that site.)
Parsnips look like albino carrots, and they taste kind of carroty, too, which isn't surprising, since they're in the carrot family.
Peel them, dice or slice them, boil them until tender and then do, oh do, butter them. You'll be glad you did.
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