Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Panais sold at outdoor marketplace.
Exactly one month ago I predicted that parsnips or panais, one of those forgotten winter root vegetables the French classify as a légume oublié from yesteryear, would mount in popularity and find its way to supermarket shelves here. See my earlier blogpost: Parnsips, the Next Big Thing. Despite that it was my own prediction,  I was still surprised to notice it for the first time yesterday in a grocery store--and in a hard-discount supermarché at that. Cultivated on a small scale by local producers, panais has usually been only available at public markets. That was fast!

But this was only one sighting in one store. As any right-thinking French skeptic would say, "Une hirondelle ne fait pas le printemps." The arrival of one swallow doesn't mean it's springtime; one shouldn't draw conclusions hastily from an isolated fact.
Hirondelle de fenêtre in the Loire; photo attribution: Fryderyk.

legume: vegetable
oublié: forgotten
supermarché: supermarket
hirondelle: swallow

©2011 P.B. Lecron

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