Long Roots - carrots, parsnips, burdock, sweet potatoes, yams and daikon radish - are excellent blood purifiers and can help improve circulation in the body.
Round Roots - jicama, celeriac, turnips, radishes, beets, potatoes, sunchokes and rutabagas - nourish the stomach, spleen, pancreas, and reproductive organs.
Bulb Roots - onions, garlic and fennel - are high in fiber, excellent anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, anti-cancer and anti-diabetic.
I'm sure there are some I just mentioned that are strangers to you. They were to me, too, until I started exploring all of the wonderful options that are available to us.
So which root vegetables do you eat most?
If you're like most of the world, it's carrots and potatoes. Here are a few other delicious options for you to explore:
- Beets contain an abundance of antioxidants, super beneficial for your liver, are highly detoxifying and anti-inflammatory.
- Burdock is considered a powerful blood purifier. This long, thin veggie is a staple in Asian and health food stores.
- Celeriac, also known as celery root, is rich in fiber and with a respectable amount of antioxidants.
- Jicama is crunchy and refreshing and contains a generous amount of vitamin C. It's a favorite in its native Mexico and South America.
- Onions are rich in antioxidants and other phytonutrients, making them prized for their ability to strengthen the immune system.
- Parsnips, which look like giant white carrots, boast a sweet, earthy taste. They've also got plenty of fiber, vitamin C, folic acid, niacin, thiamine, magnesium, and potassium.
- Radish is an excellent source of vitamin C. It's also rich in calcium, molybdenum, and folic acid.
- Sunchokes (Jerusalem Artichoke), a very good source fiber, electrolytes and minerals, especially iron.
- Sweet Potatoes contain unsurpassed levels of beta-carotene and are also rich in vitamin C, phytonutrients, and fiber.