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5 Overlooked Winter Vegetables You’ve Got To Try

5 Overlooked Winter Vegetables You’ve Got To Try
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The brisk winds of autumn are washing over North America. In my corner of Colorado, we’ve already had snow. Saying goodbye to summer always makes me slightly sad, since it means the fountain of fresh farmers’ market produce is about to slow to a trickle.

Without bushels of bright veggies and juicy fruits to pick from, you might be tempted to resign yourself to a “meat and potatoes” diet for the winter, but don’t!

Winter vegetables might not have the vibrant hues of their summertime counterparts, but they’re still jam-packed with nutrients that can ward off sickness and the accumulation of a flabby winter coat. Here are five winter vegetables that are often overlooked when planning cold weather meals. Most can be found fresh throughout the winter growing season, and keep well in a cool, dry pantry.

1. Radishes

The radish (Raphanus sativus) is an edible root vegetable that was domesticated in Europe, in pre-Roman times. There are several varieties of radish: the small purple-pink ones we’re all familiar with, and Spanish or Asian varieties that are typically black or white. Radishes are low in saturated fat, and very low in cholesterol. They are also a good source of Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Magnesium, Copper and Manganese, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Folate and Potassium.

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4:07AM PST on Feb 20, 2014

Thanks for the reminders, I would love to be able to grow most if not all of these myself!

8:51PM PDT on Apr 6, 2013

These are never overlooked as I use them all the time.

6:20AM PST on Feb 18, 2013

Thank you Beth, for Sharing this!

6:56PM PST on Nov 5, 2012

Thanks !!!!

6:43PM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

Love rhubarb. With all the sour lovers these days, I'm surprised more people don't eat it.

6:09PM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

Had parsnipes today!Delicious.

9:04AM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

Thanks. Love parsnips and rhubarb

6:44AM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

This presents another difficulty here on "Gilligan's Island," we don't have any winter!

5:20AM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

We LOVE our steamed kale with Walnut Dressing", which also makes a great dipping sauce for radishes (and I even enjoy it drizzled on my butternut squash!) :-)

2:21AM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

great

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