Wednesday, September 21, 2016

September seasonal food - the root vegetables

Posted by Amanda Villaruel | | |
Too bad that summer is over, but there's a lot to look forward to right now! :-)

Root vegetables are in their prime, and are widely available in the stores and Farmer's Markets. September is harvesting month after a long summer, when small-scale farmers are ready to sell the fruits of their hard labor.

This means a chance for you to get a hold of locally produced root vegetables. The local farmers will be ready to deliver you fresh and short-traveled produce :-) Not only is local seasonal food of great quality, but it also tends to be cheaper than off-season food... So are you ready to hit the Farmer's Market? :-)

I introduce you to the most common root vegetables in season, and a couple of quick ideas for cooking.
September seasonal food - the root vegetables
September seasonal food - the root vegetables


The Potato

Did you know that there are over 5000 potato types worldwide?! It's crazy right?

If you want a whole new potato-experience, I absolutely recommend the baby potatoes that are available in June-July :-) You can pan-fry, cook or roast the potatoes in garlic, rosemary, salt, pepper and a bit of lemon, and you'll end up with a delicious side dish.

You should also try:
Almond potatoes harvested in September from our allotment garden in Oslo
Almond potatoes harvested in September from our allotment garden in Oslo

The Carrot

An excellent source of vitamin A, the carrots are easy to love - but slow to grow. It's crunchy, convenient and super healthy. I sometimes pack two-three carrots in my lunch box, or slow roast them at 150°C in neutral food oil, butter, garlic, parsley, cumin, salt and pepper.

Are you maybe growing your own carrots? Thinning self-grown carrots breaks my heart, but instead of throwing the mini carrots away, I will happily eat them :-)

You should try:
'White satin' carrots - root vegetable in-season produce in September
'White satin' carrots - root vegetable in-season produce in September
Thinning carrots - allotment garden in Oslo
Thinning carrots - allotment garden in Oslo

The Celery root

The celery root is one of our oldest vegetables and can be traced back to ancient Egypt. It may not be the sexiest vegetable on the market, but it has many uses. My favorite way is to make a smooth celery root puree for my vegetarian fillets and sausages :-)

You should try:
Celery root - September seasonal food

The Beet

Given that beets have multiple health benefits, there's no reason to not include this vegetable in your diet. It contains antioxidants and improves your blood flow. In fact, it's common for professional athletes to drink beet juice to increase their performance, including our Norwegian skiers.

I wouldn't recommend eating red beet in its raw form, because it literally tastes like dirt. But there's a quick fix... To balance out the earthy taste, add lemons or sour apples in your cooking.

You should try:
Polka beet in-season root vegetable in September
Polka beet - September seasonal food

Other vegetables that are in-season:
  • Parsnip
  • Turnip
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Oxheart cabbage
  • Parsley root
  • Onions



Continue to read:
Simple and yummy recipe for blueberry jam. 

How to reduce your meat consumption, even for the lazy cook.


Sources:
Image source: Celery root.
Bama season calendar.

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