Root Vegetables

Texas Sweet Onions

Texas Sweet Onions

Texas Sweet Onions are available mid-April through June. Fat-free, very low in Sodium, a great source of fiber, high in vitamin C, & cholesterol-free. Good-quality sweet onions will be firm, free of blemishes or mold spots and have even-colored, light-yellow skin. Peel away outer skin of onion and slice. Delicious raw in salads, barbecued on…

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Radishes

Easter Radishes:  Related to the turnip and horseradish family, with a crisp texture and a peppery -hot flavor. This radish gets its name from the size and colors of the radishes.  Store without the leafy tops and place in the refrigerator, wrapped in plastic to keep fresh for several days. French Breakfast Radishes:  The French…

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Leeks

Choose leeks that have dark green leaves.  They will then be straight, thick-leafed and very crisp with white bulb-ends. Avoid picking leeks with yellow, brown, wilted or slime-spotted tops.  Leeks are used in soups, salads, stir-fry’s and are great in omelets.

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Turnips

Turnips: Turnips are very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. They’re also a good source of Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Potassium and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C and Manganese. Use sliced or cubed in stews or salads. Japanese or White Turnips:  This turnip is tender, mild, sweet, and crunchy.  Select…

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Celery Root

Also called apio or celeriac, good quality celery root will be very firm with light brown skin. It can be eaten raw, cooked, soups, stews and salads. Celery root is generally available November to April in California.

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Carrots

Orange Carrots (Sweet Nantes): Underwood’s Homegrown Sweet Nantes carrots are some of the best tasting and most tender carrots around. Gently peel and eat raw or lightly steamed. Red Carrots: Red carrots derive their color mainly from lycopene, a type of carotene believed to guard against heart disease and some cancers. Gently peel and eat…

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Beets

Red Beets: These beets have dark green tops. The inside of the beet is a dark red or burgundy. You can eat the greens as well– they taste like spinach. Greens will keep a few days in a plastic bag stored in the crisper. Candy Striped Beets: Candy striped beets have tops with a pink…

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