Butternut squash is another good choice for maintaining a healthy immune system, as it is rich in vitamin A. It also contains compounds called lutein and zeaxanthin, which help protect your eyes from ultraviolet rays. Butternut squash has a mild, sweet, nutty flavour, that tastes great in warming winter dishes like this classic butternut squash and sage butter ravioli.
A hearty root vegetable that tastes great in soups and stir frys, kohlrabi is a good source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre. For more information, plus recipes, check out our handy guide to kohlrabi here.
Medlars were a popular winter treat in medieval Britain and France, but have become rarer in recent years. They are a good source of vitamin C, and can be made into sweet jellies or pastes to complement rich meats and cheeses.
Parsnips are a good source of folic acid, fibre and vitamins C and K. With their sweet, earthy flavour, they make a tasty and satisfying addition to many winter dishes, and are often eaten as part of a traditional Christmas dinner. For cooking tips and recipe ideas, check out our handy guide to everything you need to know about parsnips.
Persimmons are originally from China, and have a sweet, honey-like taste. They are high in compounds called flavonoids, which may help protect against heart disease, age-related mental decline and lung cancer.
Versatile and tasty, potatoes are a staple food in cultures around the world. They contain a useful substance known as ‘resistant starch’ which can be used as a food source for the beneficial bacteria in your gut, leading to several positive health outcomes, such as reducing blood sugar and improving digestive health. For more potato facts, check out these handy potato infographics.
More than just a spooky decoration for halloween, pumpkins are especially high in vitamin A, which can help boost your immune system, as well as lutein and zeaxanthin, to protect your eyesight. Pumpkin has a delicious mild, nutty flavour, and tastes great in warming winter dishes like this roasted pumpkin and pear soup.
Quinces are related to apples and pears, and are high in vitamin C, fibre, copper, potassium and iron. They work well in hearty baked desserts, like this sweet and filling quince pudding.
One of the original superfoods, spinach is a popular leafy green, prized for its strong, iron-rich taste. As with all leafy greens, it is highly nutritious, providing a good source of calcium, for healthy teeth and bones, magnesium, for a healthy heart, and iron, which helps your body to use energy more efficiently. Thevarious potential health benefits of eating spinach include maintaining healthy bones and eyesight, keeping the brain active, reducing blood sugar levels and blood pressure, boosting your immune system, and helping to prevent heart attacks and anaemia. And if all of that doesn’t make you want to reach for the spinach, thistasty spinach lasagna is sure to.
Turnips are a good source of vitamins A and C, and potassium. Potential health benefits include protecting against cancer, and helping to maintain healthy bones and good eyesight. Turnips can often be overlooked, but when prepared properly, they have a delicious, sweet, nutty flavour. To learn more, check out our article on how to prepare turnips, including several tempting recipes.
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