Shorter days and chilly nights call for hot stews, vin chaud and... root vegetables! Take a look at some of the ancient vegetables making a comeback on France’s foodie scene
While there has been a growing move towards eating seasonal foods in the UK, French markets and supermarkets have generally been better at presenting their customers with seasonal veg. As the leaves start to fall from the trees, oddly shaped and dull-coloured veg appear in the vegetable aisle: it’s autumn and time for root vegetables!
Some of these root veggies were cultivated centuries ago when the seasonality of food was imposed on people rather than offered as a choice. But they were then tossed aside, making way for brighter and more exotic veg available year-round thanks to mechanical agriculture and imports from afar.
As ever, the French have a very poetic name for these disused plants, calling them légumes oubliés. These ‘forgotten vegetables’ are making a comeback and are even gracing the tables of more and more gourmet restaurants. Here are a few that you might want to look out for when next browsing the French markets.