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Parsnips: To Core or Not to Core

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Early-picked parsnips have tender cores that can be eaten, but as the season progresses, the cores get woodier, making it a good idea to remove them before cooking. To find out whether a parsnip has a tough core, halve it lengthwise and then push the tip of a paring knife through the core and into the flesh. If the core feels very dense compared to the flesh, halve it again lengthwise and notch out the core.

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