Intensely flavorful and endlessly adaptble, grilled vegetables can be you best friend this summer. Enjoy them hot, cold, or at room temperature, alongside meats, in a sandwich or frittata, or tossed with pasta. But not all vegetables are created equal -- some require precooking before they hit the grill. Check out this handy list before your next cookout and you'll be rewarded with tender, smoky result every time.
In the 17th century, British colonizers in India saw white ovals sprouting from the ground and called them “egg” plants; since then, this vegetable that’s actually a fruit has been cultivated all around the world in a range of colors, shapes, and sizes. Almost as varied: the many ways to cook -- and enjoy -- them.
In Season: The peak season for turnips and rutabagas begins in October and lasts through the winter. These root vegetables are available year-round in many markets.What to Look For: In the garden, grocery store, or farmers' market, choose firm, unwrinkled vegetables with root and stem ends intact. Avoid those with soft spots.How to Store: When you get your selections home, cut any green tops down; wrap the vegetables in and airtight bag and store them in the coldest part of the refrigerator. Use baby turnips within a few days; larger turnips and rutabagas will keep a little longer, some up to several weeks.