Root Vegetables

This group contains a wide variety of vegetables, from salad roots like radishes and beetroots, the so-called composite root crops like turnips, swedes, and salsify, umbelliferous root vegetables such as carrots as well as common starchy root crops like potatoes, yams, cassavas, and arrowroot.

Look for firm, unblemished root vegetables that are not sprouting. Make sure that the leaves of any root vegetables are fresh and green and not wilting. Most root vegetables keep well once they have been trimmed and placed in the refrigerator.

Beetroot

Beetroot

This vegetable is said by medical herbalists to help to purify the blood due to its super nutrient betanine. The sweet taste of beetroot comes from its natural sugars and tends to make it quite a hit with children.

Carrots

Carrots

One of the richest sources of beta carotene in the diet, carrots are delicious grated in salads.

Parsnips

Parsnips

This familiar root vegetable supplies niacin, a B vitamin needed for energy metabolism. It also contains some folate which is important in nerve and heart health plus the important immune and skin boosting nutrient, vitamin C.

Potatoes

Potatoes

Although supplying only 11mg of vitamin C per 100g, potatoes are usually eaten in large quantities so they make an important contribution to vitamin C intakes.

Swedes

Swedes

With just 11 calories per cooked 100g serving and virtually no fat, swede is a filling, low-calorie food.

Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato

The bright orange flesh of sweet potatoes is a rich source of three main antioxidants: vitamins C and E and beta carotene.

Yams

Yams

These contain a substance that was used as the original base for the contraceptive pill.