Vegetables eaten in Ireland can be divided into three different types. Tuber/root vegetables include potatoes, carrots and turnips while examples of leafy vegetables are spinach, lettuce and endive. Brassicas include cabbage, kale, brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower.
Vegetables are very nutritious, versatile in cooking and taste great. Health experts recommend that we eat five or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day as part of a balanced diet. Therefore, the wide range of top quality vegetables available are a vital contributor to a healthy lifestyle.
This section on vegetables outlines the varieties available, main production areas in Ireland, the nutritional and calorie content of each vegetable and tips for cooking and storing. There are also a range of imaginative recipe ideas for preparing delicious and nutritious meals with vegetables.