HOW TO COOK… BEETROOT
Cook it low and slow to enhance its natural earthiness and sweetness – add a little balsamic or pomegranate molasses.
Try: sweet potato soufflé pie with beetroot and walnut sauce
HOW TO COOK… CARROTS
Every vegetable’s best friend. Mix them with anything from fennel to butternut or turnips and you’ll always have a hit on your hands. Try carrots with a cumin-coriander-paprika butter with chilli flakes, served with labneh and torn pitas.
Try: Moroccan-spiced carrot hummus with pickled carrots and flatbreads
HOW TO COOK… CELERIAC
Probably the least attractive veg with the most surprising flavour – think hints of celery and aniseed. It can be a wonderfully creamy addition to soups, but also holds up well in roasts and stews.
Try: Pear and celeriac in horseradish cream
HOW TO COOK… PARSNIPS
The season is short, so grab these precious root veggies while you can. Turn them into chips or candy them with maple syrup.
Try: Crispy parsnips with maple syrup and Parmesan
HOW TO COOK… TURNIPS
Anything a potato can do, a turnip can do, too. Make the most of its sweet, nutty flavour by layering it with loads of garlic and double cream and baking in the oven. Or pickle them for a fantastic extra with schwarma-style wraps.
Try: milk-poached carrot-and-turnip mash