Rediscover Root Vegetables

Often overlooked, these knobby treasures provide an abundance of savory recipe options

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With fall’s harvest fading from memory and spring’s bounty still waiting to show its colors, there’s no better time to dig into the delicious possibilities root vegetables offer. Insulated from the elements and nurtured by the soil’s nutrients, these underground wonders develop better flavor when it’s chilly and damp out——the cool temperatures convert root vegetables’ starches to sugar and make them sweeter.

Carrots, turnips, and potatoes may be the mainstay of most root vegetable recipes, but there’s a lot to be gained by cooking with some of their lesser-known cousins, found alongside them in grocery store cases and farmers’ market bins.

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