Frost-loving Veggies

When growing vegetables, an early frost is a big concern. Many vegetable plants can die when exposed to frost, but there are a few who really love the cold, and when frost hits, they even taste better because of it!



When growing vegetables, an early frost is a big concern. Many vegetable plants can die when exposed to frost, but there are a few who really love the cold, and when frost hits, they even taste better because of it!

Members of the cabbage family are notorious for doing well in cooler conditions. When exposed to cold or frost, the vegetables react to the chill by producing more sugars, which make the normally bitter veggies a bit sweeter. Cabbage family members that show this characteristic best include cabbage (of course), broccoli, cauliflower, turnips, radishes, kale, Swiss chard and Brussels sprouts.

The cabbage family isn’t the only group that likes a good frost. Some root vegetables convert some of their starches to sugar in frosty weather. The best example is parsnips, but you’ll notice a flavor difference in carrots too.

Are there any other vegetables that you’ve noticed taste better after a frost or two?

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