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An eastern Asian plant (Sium sisarum) in the parsley family, having a cluster of tuberous, sweetish, edible roots.

[Middle English skirwhit, alteration (influenced by skir, pure, bright white, white) of Old French eschervi, probably from Arabic karawyā, caraway, from Greek karō.]


(Plants) an umbelliferous Old World plant, Sium sisarum, cultivated in parts of Europe for its edible tuberous roots
[C14 skirwhite, perhaps from obsolete skir bright (see sheer1) + white]
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Noun1.skirret - an Asiatic herb cultivated in Europe for its sweet edible tuberous rootskirret - an Asiatic herb cultivated in Europe for its sweet edible tuberous root
genus Sium, Sium - perennial of wet and marshy places in the northern hemisphere: water parsnips
bog plant, marsh plant, swamp plant - a semiaquatic plant that grows in soft wet land; most are monocots: sedge, sphagnum, grasses, cattails, etc; possibly heath
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In the midst of receipts for "Rabbits, and Chickens mumbled, Pickled Samphire, Skirret Pye, Baked Tansy," and other forgotten delicacies, there were directions for the preparation of several lotions for the preservation of beauty.
I've grown crosnes (Stachys affinis), skirret (Slum sisarum), and salsify (Tragopogon porrifolius) for more than 35 years and have gotten to know them well.
Eating roots was taken for granted: carrots and parsnips were routine, parsley and skirret roots were favourites, eryngo, when candied, became a positive London fashion.
SKIRRET: A member of the parsley family whose white, pinky
Spade Skirret and Parsnip - The Curious History of Vegetables is the rather lengthy title of a fascinating book.
They also have bulbous chervil, whose roots taste like a combination of potato and chestnuts, and skirret, which was a favourite root vegetable in medieval times.
You'll find something to interest the whole family, with about 20 different gardens to explore, from the unusual vegetable garden with its skirret, rampion, salsify and scorzonera crops from centuries ago, to the no-dig garden, the soil of which has never been turned over.