Parsnips, rutabagas and carrotsNorway's abundant rootsget their day in the sun.

Norway hardly inspires thoughts of sun and sand, so its no wonder vegetables that thrive in the dark are abundant. Carrots, rutabagas, turnips, parsnips and leeks star in the foods of this small, yet stunning country, along with seafood like cod and salmon from the cold coastal waters that line the entire length of the country.

Now that farmers markets are shuttered and long cold nights are the norm, its time to turn to these hearty, often inexpensive and nourishing root vegetables. Take a cue from the Norwegians who serve these vegetables, understated and simply prepared, often with butter, salt and sprigs of fresh dill.

<em>Story by Deanna Segrave-Daly, a food writer and registered dietitian living in Philadelphia, Pa.</em>
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