A member of the cabbage family, the swede is often confused with the turnip, though they look quite different. It’s also known as yellow turnip, Swedish turnip and Russian turnip and, in America, rutabaga. In Scotland, where it is known as neeps, swede is the traditional accompaniment to haggis on Burns night.
Swedes have a delicate, sweet flavour, a great texture and are very versatile. This vegetable provides many health benefits as it’s a good source of vitamins and nutrients.
Packed with fiber, vitamins, potassium, magnesium and so much more, this vegetable is the perfect addition to either lunch or dinner!
Savoy cabbage is mainly a winter vegetable and seasonal in nature. Under those circumstances, savoy cabbage is mostly available from us only during the winter season in Australia.
Tip: Try it blanched, steamed, stir-fried or raw. It is also great in coleslaw for those that don’t appreciate the toughness of green or red cabbage!
The Purple Kumera has red skin and a creamy white firm textured flesh streaked with purple. It has a mellow flavour that is less sweet than that of the Golden Kumera. As other kumera it is a bit more starchy than the American versions of sweet potato, but it is a tasty addition to any dinner table when prepared right.
A great source of dietary fibre and bursting with nutrients this little root veggie has a myriad of uses. Steam it, grill it or bake it! It taste’s great either way. You can also use it as you would other sweet potatoes, though you may need to add a little extra liquid to the recipe for it to achieve the same texture.
Uses: You can add it to mashed potatoes, make potato wedges, gratin, soups or even in salads
Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean reaches but also grows in southern England, where it was introduced by the Romans. It has a distinctive aroma and can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes.
The midnight pearl potato is the result of Australia farmers’ trail and error in creating the perfect combination of colour and taste.
Its high fibre content, helps lower cholesterol in the blood and therefore reduces the risk of contracting heart disease. It also contains Vitamin C for better carbohydrate absorption.
It can be deep fried to create purple crisps or boiled, baked. It can also be used raw in potato salads.
Parsnip is a root vegetable closely related to carrots and can be used similarly, though they have a sweeter taste, especially when cooked.
Uses: Parsnips can be eaten raw, but are usually served cooked. They can be baked, boiled, pureed, roasted, fried or steamed. It can be found in stews, soups and casseroles.
A natural hybrid developed by a Japanese company. The broccilini has smaller florets and thinner stalks than the broccili.
It is high in vitamins and minerals essential to improving nervous and brain functions and preventing cardiovascular diseases.
Broccolini tastes milder, with a sweet, earthy taste than the Broccoli. It can be sautéd, steamed, boiled, or stir fried to bring out the most of its sweet crunchy flavour.
A staple of the Mediterranean diet, these tough pod beans have a smooth creamy taste and represent a rich source of proteins and carbohydrates.
The plentiful health benefits of Broad Beans include cancer fighting (e.g. Breast cancer, lung cancer), improving the immune system to prevent colds, aiding sleep and preventing strokes.
Broad Beans can be boiled, steamed or puréed and served with garlic. Add them to soups and stews to boost nutritional value and add texture.
Turnip is a root vegetable that is quite versatile in its usage based on the size. The smaller ones are sweeter and more tender whilst larger ones have a stronger more mature flavour and a more crunchy texture.
You can use turnip in several ways based on the size. Smaller young turnips can be used in salads to complement cabbages, carrots and beets. Other methods would include roasting, steaming and even pickling. Dice them up and roast them with other root veggies for a delicious side dish to any meal.
Tip: If the turnip is large you may want to peel it as the outer layer can be tougher when the size is bigger.
The Swiss brown mushrooms come from the same portebello family as the white button mushroom. They were the original variety of mushroom and were stronger in flavour.
Not widely known facts about mushrooms include their cancer fighting capabilities and ability to prevent diabetes.
They can be eaten raw or used in a wide variety of dishes including pasta, soups and stews.
A relative unknown, this celery-like tuber is packed with nutrients. This knobbly vegetable tastes slightly nutty and can be mashed or roasted.
Rhubarb stalks have a strong, tart taste. Though mostly used in desserts it is technically know as a vegetable. Only the stalks can be eaten as the leaves are not edible and toxic.
Cut the stalk into small pieces and stew them to cook it before making pies and pastries, or it can be used to make jam. Due to their tart flavour sugar is needed when it cooked. Though it is considered too tart to be eaten raw in the western world in earlier years it was seen as a cheap treat when dipped in sugar.