11 Mar '16, 12pm

Meet skirret, the long-forgotten Tudor vegetable

Meet skirret, the long-forgotten Tudor vegetable

Similar to a parsnip or carrot, but much sweeter and more delicate, skirret was popular at the time of King Henry VIII, only to disappear for centuries. Now it is making a comeback. An old vegetable from Tudor times is making a comeback in Britain. There was a time when everyone from monks to kings ate skirret – a sweet, crunchy root vegetable related to the parsnip – but over time it lost its prominent status and became relegated to history. Now, according to an article in The Telegraph , this long-forgotten vegetable is enjoying a renaissance. Skirret was once described as “the sweetest, whitest, and most pleasant of roots” by John Worlidge, gentleman gardener, in his 1677 Systema Horiculturae , or The Art of Gardening . It was popular for its delicate flavor and surprising sweetness, as well as its reputed aphrodisiac benefits. Worlidge wrote, “By physicians [it is] est...

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