FOR­GOT­TEN VEG

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

French Property News - - Food And Drink -

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.

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