1. Savoy cabbage

    With its dark crinkled leaves turning a softer-green inside, versatile savoy cabbage tastes amazing whether shredded and slow-cooked, fried or braised. It makes the perfect wintery side to a leg of roast pork, or try it tossed with fried pancetta. We recommend stirring it into a hearty broth for added flavour, like we do here with our savoy, chorizo & borlotti bean broth.

  2. King Edward potatoes

    Fluffy and creamy, this floury British potato makes the best ever roasties. Its light texture also produces amazingly smooth mash. For a traditional spud side with a twist, try our Greek style potatoes with feta and lemon.

  3. Sprouts

    Sprouts may get a bad rep, but this flavoursome, versatile vegetable can enhance many warming, seasonal dishes. Think outside the box and don’t restrict them to one meal a year! They taste great lightly charred, or chopped and stirred into a comforting macaroni cheese. For another great pasta idea, try this sprout and prosciutto spaghetti with pistachios recipe.

  4. Parsnips

    Often served alongside a Sunday roast, parsnips have a distinctive sweet flavour and make a great alternative to potatoes. Blend them with other root vegetables in a soup, finely slice and roast them to make parsnip crisps, or braise them to make a deliciously tender side. Take a look at our video to find out how to get perfectly braised vegetables:

  5. Pomegranate

    Juicy pomegranate goes perfectly with meat dishes, adding a tart yet sweet flavour and a beautiful, ruby colour. The seeds make a great snack just as they are, but we love the crunch they add to salads when combined with grains and pulses. For a Middle-Eastern inspired dinner, try this roasted carrots and red onions with sumac recipe.

  6. Swede

    Swede is another comforting winter vegetable that adds a sweet dimension to dishes. Try it roasted or fried until tender with caramelised edges, or purée it with butter for a beautifully creamy mash. Rustle up this sweet and sour swede with bacon recipe for a filling meal.

  7. Kale

    Kale – the veg of the moment – not only gives winter dishes a health boost, but its satisfying texture and earthy taste make it a joy to eat, too. Enjoy it sautéed or pan-fried with onions for a healthy side dish, or add it to stews for a nutritious, warming meal. We also recommend trying it in a risotto, such as this baked kale risotto with pumpkin seeds recipe.

  8. Celeriac

    Celeriac has a subtle, celery-like flavour and a potato-like texture, which works well in casseroles, stews and gratins. Like other root vegetables, it tastes just as good roasted, mashed or in a purée. We recommend pairing it with haddock for a savoury bake.