Califonia Bountiful

A root revelation!

Chefs and farmers tout the benefits of winter vegetables

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Think your options are limited when it comes to fresh produce in the winter? Think again! Each winter, CUESA and The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market create their own "rooting" section for winter vegetables such as carrots, beets, radishes, turnips and parsnips, otherwise known as root vegetables. They host a root festival every winter where farmers and chefs extol the virtues of root vegetables, explain how they grow and show shoppers how to cook with them.

The term root vegetable specifically refers to edible plant roots, though it is sometimes used to include anything that grows underground (tubers and enlarged stems, such as potatoes, taro, ginger and sunchokes). Roots store energy for plants in the form of carbohydrates and vary widely in their content of starches and sugars.

To learn about what root vegetables are in season and what other events CUESA has planned, visit

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