Archive - Root Vegetables

Anise

Commonly known in its raw form as fennel, anise has a very pale, almost white bulb with superimposed stalks. These stalks have feathery green leaves. The entire vegetable is edible. It is closely related to parsley and dill. Fennel can grow from three feet to ten feet tall. It has a sweet, licorice-...

Turnips

Turnips are round, apple-sized, root vegetables that have edible stems, roots, and leaves. Turnip is the name given to over thirty varieties of turnips that range in size, color, and flavor. Japanese turnips, or white turnips, are unlike other varieties because they can be eaten raw. Research sho...

Green Swiss Chard

Green swiss chard has broad and wavy green leaves with white stalks. The leaves are succulent, and the white stalks are edible with a mild, salty flavor. Green swiss chard develops a salty taste because the greens absorb the sodium that naturally occurs in soil. All swiss chard varieties are descend...

Red Swiss Chard

Red swiss chard has the same broad, wavy leaves as green swiss chard. They are bronzed green and have red stalks. The stalks extend into red veins throughout the plant leaves. Red swiss chard has an earthy, yet salty flavor. The red stalks in red swiss chard carry the majority of the plant’s water...

Yams

A yam is actually a rough, scaly, edible root. The traditional ‘yam’ that most people think of as a sweet potato got its name from the African word nyami. The flesh of a sweet potato varies from white to orange to purple. The word yam distinguishes the orange potato. The orange variety of sweet...

Beets

Beets have an edible root and edible leaves. In the past, the leaves were harvested for consumption. Now, it is usually the root, or bulb that is harvested and eaten. The bulbous root of a beet has 10-12 inch leafy stems. Beets are usually very sweet and have the highest sugar content of all vegetab...

Radish

The most common radish type, the red radish, is grown for its root. It is a small, red sphere that is one to three inches in diameter. The radish has green leaves that are also edible with a similar texture to watercress. The red radish is sometimes known as the “table radish.” Other types of ra...

Parsley Root

Parsley root is shaped like a slender carrot. It is light beige and has an herbal taste. It can be served raw or cooked and has a taste reminiscent of celery, carrots, turnips, and parsley. Small to medium sized parsley roots are the tastiest. Parsley root has similar health benefits to plain an...

Asparagus

Asparagus has pale green stalks with knobby scales and cruciferous-tree shaped tips. They are usually firm in texture and have a grassy, nutty flavor. Asparagus stems are known as spears. Compared to other vegetables, asparagus has a very high respiration rate. Asparagus helps the brain fight c...

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