Have a Plant: Fruits & Veggies for Better Health

Winter Veggies Off of the Beaten Path!

Insider's Viewpoint: Carrie Taylor, Big Y

This winter season, explore the delicious versatility of celery root, parsnip, and rutabaga.

Don’t let its ogre appearance scare you, celery root provides a subtle flavor of celery and parsley. Celery root can be used as an alternative to traditional winter starches like potatoes, as a salad (celeriac remoulade), or in place of celery. For cooking, first remove the stalks and peel the outside rugged skin with a vegetable peeler or paring knife. Then, give it a quick lemon water bath to prevent browning.

With an earthy, peppery flavor that sets it apart from its famous orange cousin, parsnip looks like a beige carrot. Served as crudités or mixed into soup, you’ll find parsnip enhances the flavor of dishes raw and cooked — though their sweetness intensifies when cooked.

Similar to turnip in appearance, rutabaga is part of the cruciferous family because it is a savoy cabbage and turnip hybrid. Unfortunately, its wax coating can cause it to go overlooked. To prepare, simply rinse, cut one end for a flat surface, divide into quarters and remove the waxy skin with a paring knife. Enjoyed raw, as part of stew, or breaded with bread crumbs and baked, rutabaga adapts to any recipe.
Carrie Taylor
Big Y’s Living Well Eating Smart Registered Dietitian

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