Now let’s get down to the “root” of things! This week highlights root vegetables and covers a wide range of varieties. When you think of root vegetables, think of all the vegetables that grow underground. If carrots, beets, onions, and sweet potatoes come to mind, you are on the right track!
Root vegetables absorb a great amount of nutrients from the soil because they grow underground. They are filled with vitamin C and A, as well as B vitamins and iron. These roots also pack a lot of fiber, which will help keep you full longer and regulate your digestive system. And, as a bonus, they are low in calories!
One of the best qualities of root vegetables is they are extremely versatile in cooking. This means they can be used in so many different ways, whether roasted, steamed, or boiled. Check out the recipes below and start cooking!
Variety of Root Vegetables
You might be wondering if the potatoes are included in the root family. They are actually considered tubers, but they are interchangable in cooking. So, let's learn moer about these delicious roots!
Purchasing Leafy Greens
Most root vegetables are available year-round, but the peak season for these veggies is fall through spring. One exception is beets, which are best summer through fall. When root vegetables are in season, they have a deeper, sweeter falvor and tend to be juicier. But, they are amazing plants that seem to taste great all year round!
Storing Root Vegetables
Great news! You don't need a root cellar, but root vegeatbles are best stored in a cool, dark, humid place. Here are some tops for storing different varieties.
Learn more about washing and storing leafy greens here.
Did You Know?
We have some interesting facts about root veggies!
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