It’s important to take advantage of the fresh and healthy foods that we can find on our doorstep. This means being aware of the many root vegetables and naturally occurring crops that can be used to create a stable and nutritious diets.
Taking advantage of this local food through farmers’ markets, your own garden, and nature foraging can help to strengthen good nutritional habits for families, and can play a key role in the development of a general healthy eating plan. Some of the top foods that can be found on our doorstep include:
1 – Berries
Whether as blackberries, raspberries or strawberries, these fruits can be easily picked while out walking. Baskets of local berries can also be bought in supermarkets and farmers’ markets. Berries can be eaten on their own as a healthy snack, or can be baked into pies, and made into jams. Also, excess strawberries can be bought from local allotments who have left over supplies and are willing to sell at a reasonable price.
2 – Rhubarb
A vegetable that tends to ripen in March, rhubarb has a tart taste, and is often combined with sweeter sauces and other vegetables. Rhubarb tends to be boiled and served as part of salads, or can also be used to make crumble.
3 – Pumpkin
Popular around Halloween every year, pumpkins can also be used for a variety of different dishes. They can be cooked into pies, or juiced to use as part of desserts. Pumpkins also work well when boiled and drained without salt, and provide low saturated fats, as well as Vitamins A and B, and potassium and copper.
4 – Bramley Apples
When picked from apple trees, Bramley apples make for a great local food. Apples can be washed and eaten as a rich source of nutrition, and can also be baked into tasty apple pies. Peeled and juiced apples also make for excellent snacks for young children.
5 – Beetroot
Another March ripening vegetable, beetroot is often served cold with salads after cooking and adding oil and vinegar, and is high in antioxidants and magnesium. How about raw and shredded, either alone or combined with any salad vegetable. The deep red roots of beetroot can also be grilled, boiled or roasted as a cooked vegetable and served as a side dish.
6 – Carrots
One of the best year round vegetables, carrots are a staple part of healthy dishes, and are easy to grow in your back garden. Some of the many nutritional and health benefits of carrots include their improving of digestion, and their ability to add fibre to diets.
7 – Red Cabbage
Red cabbage represents a tasty addition to salads and coleslaw, and can be eaten raw, or cooked for extra flavour. It can even be braised and added as an addition to a substantial meal. It is a seasonal plant which is seeded in spring and harvested in late fall.
8 – Celeriac
Another root vegetable with significant health benefits for you and your family, celeriac represents a superfood that is best eaten raw. It can also be boiled and served as part of casseroles to add extra variety.
9 – Parsnip
A root vegetable that is a staple of Sunday roasts, parsnip is sweeter than potatoes and other vegetables, and often a favourite amongst children starting to eat their vegetables. Parsnips are particularly rich in vitamins and minerals.
10 – Swede
Also known as rutabaga, swedes are similar in texture to cabbage, and are typically mashed and served with potatoes and carrots. Mashing with butter tends to improve their flavour within meals.
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