Try these top 5 VEGETABLES to grow for Delicious winter soups
In this article we put the spotlight on some fantastic winter vegetables that will thrive during the South African winter and take your soup game to a whole new level. So, gather around, my friends, and let’s dive into the wonderful world of winter vegetable gardening!
As any South African will tell you there’s nothing quite like a delicious warm bowl of homemade soup next an open fire in the middle of a freezing cold winter. Here are our top five vegetables to be growing for delicious homemade soups in the comfort of your own home. Enjoy our short winter vegetable soup recipes for a delicious wholesome and flavourful warm meal to share with your friends or family.
Let’s kick things off with a vibrant and nutritious choice — beetroot!
How to grow beetroot in the winter vegetable garden:
A hearty Beetroot soup Recipe Suggestion: Roasted Beetroot Soup
How to grow Spinach in the winter vegetable garden:
Recipe Suggestion: Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Soup
Another winter vegetable favourite is carrots.
How to grow carrots in the winter vegetable garden:
Recipe Suggestion: Roasted Carrot Soup
Leeks add some depth and flavour to your soups.
If you want to add some depth and flavour to our soups do so with tasty and aromatic leeks. These tall and elegant vegetables are a wonderful addition to any winter garden.
How to grow Leeks in the winter vegetable garden:
Start your leek soup by sowing leek seeds in a cozy seed tray, and once they’re strong enough, transplant them into well-prepared soil. Remember to keep them hydrated as they grow. Once your leeks have developed their characteristic white stems and matured to a sturdy base, harvest them and incorporate them into a comforting potato leek soup or a creamy leek and cauliflower soup.
Recipe Suggestion: Potato Leek Soup
Chopped leeks and onions and Sauté until softened. To the sautéed onions add diced potatoes, vegetable broth, and a sprinkle of thyme from the garden. Simmer until the potatoes are tender, then blend until smooth and creamy. Season with salt, pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil. Now sit back and enjoy a bowl of comforting potato leek soup right from your garden.
Last but not least on our list of veg for winter soups is cabbage.
let’s not forget about the versatile and hardy cabbage. This cruciferous vegetable thrives in cool weather and brings a delightful crunch to your soups making it one of the most perfect vegetables to be growing for winter.
How to grow cabbage in the winter vegetable garden:
Start by planting cabbage seedlings in nutrient-rich soil and make sure you treat them with adequate sunlight to avoid pests and diseases. Ensure consistent watering as your cabbage heads develop for a healthy harvest. Once they’re ready for harvest, incorporate them into a warming cabbage and sausage soup or a comforting vegetable minestrone.
Recipe Suggestion: Cabbage and Sausage Soup
In a pot Sauté sliced sausage and onions until browned. Add freshly harvested and shredded cabbage, diced tomatoes into a vegetable broth, and drop a pinch of Italian seasoning to the mix. Simmer until the cabbage is tender, and enjoy a bowl of hearty cabbage and sausage soup under a cosy blanky on a comfortable couch.
Congratulations my friend!
You now have a fantastic selection of winter vegetables to grow in South Africa for your homemade soups.
Whether you choose the earthy beetroot, the vibrant spinach, the crunchy carrots, the aromatic leeks, or the versatile cabbage, each vegetable will add its unique flavours and textures to your winter soups. So, roll up your sleeves, prepare your garden beds, and get ready to embark on a delightful journey of growing and savoring your own healthy winter vegetable soups. Enjoy the warmth, nourishment, and satisfaction that comes with each spoonful and make sure to share with your nearest and dearest.
Happy gardening and happy soup-making!