Root Vegetables
A root vegetable can be described as an edible plant where the roots are used as vegetables - basically, root vegetables are vegetables grown underground.
There are starchy root vegetables which form an important part of a main meal and are often eaten on a daily basis - for example tubers, and in particular the ordinary potato which is one of the world's most popular root vegetables.
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Root Vegetables

Root vegetables usually form a very substantial part of a meal as they are often heavy and filling - particularly nutritious and healthy! Root vegetables are sometimes known as favourite, traditional winter vegetables or spring vegetables, as these are the seasons in which many are grown and ready to eat.

Root vegetable recipes are often used at Christmas and Thanksgiving, and will usually be used to accompany turkey for the main celebration meal. Often, these vegetables are so substantial that they can in fact be served alone, for example, baked potato.

Root vegetables, not only provide a great deal of starch, they also contain healthy carbohydrates as well as essential vitamins and nutrients. For a list of vitamins in root vegetables, please refer to the vitamins in vegetables page via the main index, where you will find particular details about individual root vegetables as well as interesting and important information and facts about how they can benefit your health and lifestyle!


Root Vegetable List

Ahipa (Pachyrhizus ahipa)
Arracacha (Arracacia xanthorrhiza)
Bamboo shoot (Bambusa vulgaris and Phyllostachys edulis)
Beetroot (Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris)
Burdock (Arctium lappa)
Broadleaf arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia)
Camas (Camassia)
Canna (Canna spp.)
Carrot (Daucus carota)
Cassava (Manihot esculenta)
Chinese artichoke (Stachys affinis)
Daikon (Raphanus sativus Longipinnatus group)
Earthnut pea (Lathyrus tuberosus)
Elephant Foot yam (Amorphophallus_paeoniifolius)
Ensete (Ensete ventricosum)
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Gobo (Arctium lappa)
Hamburg parsley (Petroselinum crispum var. tuberosum)
Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus)
Jícama (Pachyrhizus erosus)
Manioc (Manihot esculenta)
Mooli (Raphanus sativus Longipinnatus group)
Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)
Pignut (Conopodium majus)
Plectranthus (Plectranthus spp.)
Potato (Solanum tuberosum)
Prairie turnip (Psoralea esculenta)
Radish (Raphanus sativus)
Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana)
Rutabaga (Brassica napus Napobrassica group)
Salsify (Tragopogon porrifolius)
Scorzonera (Scorzonera hispanica)
Skirret (Sium sisarum)
Swede (Brassica napus Napobrassica group)
Sweet Potato or Kumara (Ipomoea batatas)
Taro (Colocasia esculenta)
Ti (Cordyline fruticosa)
Tigernut (Cyperus esculentus)
Turnip (Brassica rapa Rapifera group)
Ulluco (Ullucus tuberosus)
Water chestnut (Eleocharis dulcis)
Yacón (Smallanthus sonchifolius)
Yam (Dioscorea spp.)

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