What Are Root Vegetables?
Roots are some of the most nutrient-dense vegetables in the world. While each root contains its own set of health benefits, they share many of the same characteristics. Yams, beets, parsnips, turnips, rutabagas, carrots, yuca, kohlrabi, onions, garlic, celery root (or celeriac), horseradish, daikon, turmeric, jicama, Jerusalem artichokes, radishes, and ginger are all considered roots.
Because root vegetables grow underground, they absorb a great amount of nutrients from the soil. They are packed with a high concentration of antioxidants, Vitamins C, B, A, and iron, helping to cleanse your system. They are also filled with slow-burning carbohydrates and fiber, which make you feel full, and help regulate your blood sugar and digestive system.
Check out this abbreviated list of some root vegetables that you may or may not be familiar wit and try incorporating them into your diet.
Daikon Jicama Beet Rutabaga
Ginger Sweet Potato Prairie turnip or breadroot Pignut
Turmeric Yams Potato Garlic
[Content originally published on ohmyveggies.com]