Skirret, the Common, or Sium Sisarum, L. an exotic plant, which is frequently cultivated in British gardens, on account of its utility for culinary purposes, it is propagated from the seeds obtained in the second year, but more advantageously by means of small roots or fibres. The skirret bears great resemblance to parsnep ; tho' the former is so tender that it will 'ly admit of being boiled ; for which reason it is frequently eaten as fruit, in a raw state: when stewed, however, it forms an ex-nt ingrediant in soups.
The common skirret has an table, aromatic flavour, and abounds with saccharine particles: hence it has been conjectured, that sugar might be advantageously extracted from the root; and M. MaRgraaff states, that he obtained one ounce and a half of pure sugar from half a pound of this vegetable. - BohmEr observes, that it may more profitably be distilled, and converted into brandy. - In a medicinal view, it possesses diuretic properties, and is in a slight de-gree stimulant.
Skirret, the Broad and Narrow-leaved. See Parsnep, the Water.