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

Burdock root

Carrot

Celeriac

Parsnip

Parsley root

Radish

Turnip

Ginger Sweet Potato Prairie turnip or breadroot Pignut

Cassava

Artichoke

Turmeric Yams Potato Garlic

Onion

Fennel

[Content originally published on ohmyveggies.com]

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