Root Vegetable Storage

Just a note on storing root vegetables…

It is important when storing root vegetables (beets, carrots, radishes, turnips, etc.) that you remove the greens immediately! If you do not remove the greens, they attempt to continue growing, and suck moisture out of the root. This is why, if you leave a bunch of beets in the refrigerator with their greens still attached, they will become soft and sort of mushy after a week or so. However, if the greens are removed, beets can keep for weeks or even months.

Also, there is no need to just toss the root crop greens in the compost! Most of them are edible and very nutritious. Beets greens and turnip greens especially are great for soups, casseroles, or just sauteed with garlic and olive oil. Radish greens are edible but less commonly used. Carrot greens should not be eaten, to my knowledge.

-tatiana : )

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