If I were to ask you what your favorite root vegetables are most would answer: potatoes, carrots, garlic, and maybe even beets. These root vegetables are typically the star root vegs that steal the show. Let me introduce or reintroduce you to some of the unsung heroes of the root group.
First out we have Parsnips which have a similar resemblance to carrots. Parsnips are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate. They also contain both fiber and calcium along with suppling many antioxidants to help prevent oxidative stress and decrease damage to your cells. These are great for soups and roasting as they have a sweet and earthy flavor.
Next in the lineup are Turnips! Turnips are known for being lower in calories and carbs and high in nutrients. They are loaded with vitamins K, A, C, E, B1, B3, B5, B6, B2, and B9 and those are only the vitamins. The plethora of minerals include manganese, potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium, copper, phosphorus. *announcer voice* AND THAT’S NOT ALL! Turnips also include omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein. This root is definitely a powerhouse of nutrients. Turnips are available year-round, they can be eaten raw or cooked and you can even eat the greens that add to the health benefits you’re already getting.
Finally, let’s talk about Rutabagas. Now Rutabagas are amongst the kings of vitamin C. One medium rutabaga has 107% of the Daily Value of vitamin C. They also have a good source of potassium, magnesium, and vitamin E. Rutabagas also have 36% of the recommended daily fiber which promotes bowel health. When you cook rutabagas it releases a sweet yet savory flavor, similar to a potato but less starchy.
Have you ever had any of these root vegetables or any other uncommon root vegetables? Don’t let these precious root vegetables sit in the dark, underused. They taste great and are great for you! Try to incorporate them into your upcoming meals and reap the benefits of these unsung root heroes.
by Cynthia Wilson