Root Vegetables

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Photo attribution: 

Flickr: La Grande Farmers' Market

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Photo attribution: 

Flickr: troye owens

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Photo attribution: 

Flickr: wikioticslan

Foods Included

Turnips, Parsnips, Beet, Daikon, Radish, Rutabaga, Yuca, Casava

Description

Root vegetables are grown underground, and come in a variety of shades of red, orange, yellow, and white. Radishes have a spicy flavor while beets have a mild taste.

Buy It

  • Choose root vegetables that are crisp and firm (not easily bendable).

Store It

  • Store in refridgerator in produce drawer for up to 2 weeks or on the countertop for 1-2 days.
  • Remove any greens attached.

Cook It

  • Cut up and eat raw alone or with hummus or yogurt dip.
  • Slice or shred for slaws or salads.

Why It's Great

  • Vitamin A keeps our eyes working, our immune system strong, and our cells growing.
  • Vitamin C keeps our immune system strong and helps our bodies heal quickly.
  • Vitamin K helps our bodies heal quickly.
  • Fiber helps with healthy digestion and keeps us feeling full.  Eating enough fiber has been shown to keep our hearts healthy too.
  • Potassium, a type of electrolyte, helps build muscle and keeps your heart healthy.  

 

 
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