December is National Root Vegetable Month, so why not enjoy some of these flavorful and colorful winter vegetables at your next meal? They are perfectly suited to slow cooking in casseroles, simmering in soups, and roasting in a hot oven. Hearty root vegetables are often featured on vegetarian menus because they add substance to meatless meals. They are categorized into 6 subgroups: Tubers, Tap Roots, Tuberous Roots, Corms, Rhizomes and Bulbs. See how many you recognize and have tried, and look for some new ones to add to your shopping list so you can sample them this month.
BULBS: Types of Root Vegetables
Garlic – Individual cloves can be planted in the fall and grow into full bulbs by late spring. They are not attacked by many pests, rodents or diseases.
Onions – The edible part is actually called a “bulb.” They had medicinal and spiritual uses before they were used for culinary purposes.
Shallot - Contain more of the antioxidant-rich flavonoids and phenols than other members of the onion family.