Baby potatoes are small, with a thin skin and rich, creamy, buttery taste. Higher in moisture than the more floury varieties of potatoes, it holds shape better and it also contains less starch.
A good source of vitamin C, this creamy potato also contain potassium and fibre with virtually no fat! Storing them in a dry, dark and cool place is best but try not to store the potatoes in the fridge.
Uses: An all-purpose potato use them for mashing, boiling, roasting, backing or pureeing. Great in soups, stews or salads.
Barry’s Tip: Dutch potatoes make for a yummy mash with just a little bit of salt. You don’t even need butter or cream!
Daikon literally means big root and is a winter radish with a mild flavour. Native to our part of the world here in Southeast Asia it is low in food energy, but it has a high amount of vitamin C.
There are many uses for this white root, especially in Asian dishes. It can be pickled, grated, simmered, shredded, dried and stir fried. Here in Singapore it is often used in carrot cake, a fried dish often found in hawker food centres.
Jerusalem artichokes are native to the Central America and bear no relation to the city of Jerusalem contrary to what its name suggests.
Jerusalem artichokes are sweet and crunchy tubers that are in fact not a true artichoke, but instead a variety of sunflower. This white fleshed veggie resembles ginger but is sweet and crunchy when raw and smooth and aromatic when cooked. Its nutty, sweet white flesh is the perfect paring with other root veggies. Though small it is rich in nutrients such as iron, potassium and vitamin B1.
Uses: Cook them the same way you would for potatoes or parsnips. Jerusalem artichoke is great roasted, sautéed, puréed or dipped in batter and fried. Make sure to either wash them thoroughly or preferably peel them before use.
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.
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.
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.
Rumoured to be grown in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the beetroot’s nutritious and sweet taste have endured the test of time.
The golden Beetroot’s sweeter taste compared to the red beetroot reflects their higher sugar content. It also comes with a smoother taste and while its golden colour brightens up any dish.
The golden beetroot benefits the immune system due to its high content in Vitamins A and C; essential minerals such as potassium invigorates the nervous system, organs and bones.
Eaten raw or cooked, the golden beetroot can be used to make salads, juice mixes, and sandwiches.
A relative unknown, this celery-like tuber is packed with nutrients. This knobbly vegetable tastes slightly nutty and can be mashed or roasted.