All about Root Vegetables!

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Fall is the season for root vegetables!  Take advantage of these delicious vegetables this upcoming season by adding them into your meal! Learning more about the different types of root vegetables and how to prepare them can further root interest in these fibrous vegetables.

 

The term “root vegetable” comes from the fact that they grow underground, rather than on top of the soil. The most common root vegetables are carrots, sweet potatoes, and beets.  However, some other root vegetables to consider trying include parsnip, jicama, radish, daikon, rutabaga, kohrabi, and yucca. They are best grown in cooler weather and harvested all throughout fall and winter. Root vegetables are packed with nutrients such as fiber, potassium, folate, and Vitamin C, and act as antioxidants.  When properly prepared, these vegetables can provide unique flavors to your next meal!

 

Listed below are several ways you can prepare root vegetables. To avoid the bitter taste that can sometimes come with root vegetables, cook root vegetables longer help bring out sweet flavor.  Experiment with a variety of root vegetables, and discover your favorite cooking method!

  • Enjoy them sautéed or grilled! Making a vegetable sauté or stir-fry is a great way to prepare root vegetables! If cooking with other vegetables, remember to sauté root vegetables first since they have a longer cook time.  In addition, grilled root vegetables can add a smoky flavor to pair with the sweetness.  Cut into equal-sized pieces, lightly toss with oil and seasonings, and place your vegetables on the grill to have a delicious side dish that perfectly pair with your meal!
  • Bake your own chips or fries! Make your own version of potato chips or fries by baking root vegetables such as beets, carrots, and yucca root.  Cut them into thin slices for chips or into wedges for fries. Then, drizzle with oil, add some salt, and bake in the oven until crispy!
  • Mash it!  Mashed potatoes are a classic family favorite! Mashed celery root or sweet potatoes can be a healthier alternative to mashed potatoes. You can also transform your current recipe by adding other root vegetables such as parsnips to your mashed potatoes. Just start by boiling or steaming your root vegetables!  Click here for a recipe on mashed root vegetables.
  • Whip up your own soup! A warm bowl of vegetable soup can be the perfect meal when the temperature gets colder.  Vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots, turnips, rutabaga, and parsnips can be made into a creamy, roasted soup. Soften your vegetables in the oven first, then use a blender to puree your soup to the right texture.

 

For more information and recipes on root vegetables, visit https://fruitsandveggies.org/stories/ripe-now-root-veggies/

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