Oven baked, boiled, shredded, fried or mashed. Au gratin, as soup or in casseroles. Root vegetables can be used in thousands of ways, each of which cause them to take on an entirely different character. They’re also unusually local, value-for-money ingredients that don’t place much of a burden on the environment.
What is a root vegetable?
Opinions differ on the precise definition of root vegetables. Here we’ve chosen to see them as plants whose traditionally edible part grows under ground.
Ginger, galangal, turmeric, horseradish, wasabi and licorice root are also roots but they’re not included here as they tend to be seen as spices.