root vegetable

[English] plural root vegetables

Root vegetables are those edible roots and tubers dug from below the soil which so enrich our diet. These vegetables, things like parsnips, carrots, turnips, radishes, celeriac and so on, can benefit from longer cooking, but may be steamed, roasted or added to stews. Carrots and radishes can be eaten raw, shredded and added to salads or just munched on as you are getting supper ready. Across the world there is a huge choice of root vegetables associated with many different styles of cooking. Potatoes are different as they grow their fruits under the ground, though you will often hear them referred to as root vegetables as well.