30+ Best Storage Vegetables and Varieties for Winter Cold Storage

In the year round garden, when the going gets tough (freezing temps, winter storms, you name it!), you need to have a backup source of food, and more specifically, fresh food. 

Even with vegetables that can extend your season (mentioned HERE) and low tunnels, once you hit very cold temperatures there isn’t much left in the garden. January through March is when I really struggle to do 100% backyard garden vegetables because of prolonged periods of cold, ice, and snow. I’m in zone 6b so if you are in a colder zone this period is probably longer.

My basement “Root Cellar”. It’s an unfinished and unheated basement room that works well to store vegetables through the winter.

My basement “Root Cellar”. It’s an unfinished and unheated basement room that works well to store vegetables through the winter.

Yes, I do have spinach, carrots and kale in the winter garden and maybe a few others. But when you can’t harvest a large amount out of your garden to supplement your diet, vegetables kept in cold storage or a root cellar are like gold.

Since we still have time to get some fall vegetables in the ground at the time of writing this, I wanted to get a list out to you of the best varieties and types of vegetables to store in a root cellar or cold storage.

I have lots more details on how to store your vegetables and more information on root cellars coming up in a future post. But for this one, I just want to focus on the vegetables and varieties  that do best in storage.

First, a list of vegetables that will keep in cold storage. Some will last only a few months, others all the way through winter if stored properly.

  • Beets

  • Cabbages

  • Carrots

  • Celeriac

  • Celery

  • Garlic

  • Leeks

  • Onions

  • Parsnips

  • Potatoes

  • Pumpkins

  • Rutabagas

  • Shallots

  • Sweet potatoes

  • Turnips

  • Winter squash

  • Winter Radishes

Beets

Photo Courtesy Of  Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Photo Courtesy Of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Luts Winter Keeper- As you can tell by the name, this beet was bred to be long lasting in storage, no doubt about that!

Fuer Kugel- 60 days. Smooth skinned, striped roots are sweet and tender. An excellent keeper.

Crosby’s Egyptian-55 days.  A flattened beet with smooth skin. Early maturing and excellent storage capacity for winter.

Brussel Sprouts

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Diablo (Hybrid)-Tall plants with sprouts that keep well for brussel sprouts.

Celery Root

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Brilliant-  Easy to grow, long keeping, and delicious.

Carrots

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Photo Courtesy Of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Oxheart- 90 days. Oxheart is another great multi purpose carrot. Not only does it do well in colder temperatures, it also stores really well! 

Jaune Obtuse Du Doubs- A lemon yellow variety names after the Doubs River that flows through France. It is excellent for storage.

Danvers 126 Half Long- This is an old standard that dates back to the 1870’s. 

Bolero Carrot  (Hybrid) - 75 Days.  Nantes type. Taste great even after a long time in storage. 

Cabbage 

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Green

Storage No 4 (Hybrid)- Ready in 95 days, this cabbage can store until spring in proper conditions. Grows well even under weather or fertility stress. 

Brunswick- Not only is this one very cold hardy, it also stores very well. 

Red

Ruby Perfection (Hybrid)- 85 days. This red variety my not store as long as the green types mentioned above but it is and excellent storage type!

Mammoth Red Rock - 90 days. An old heirloom that grows very large heads!

Savoy

Perfection Drumhead- 95 days, this one is an excellent keeper in cold storage and has beautiful crinkled leaves.

Garlic

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Softneck- Softneck garlic generally keeps longer than hardneck. However, it isn’t as hardy as hardneck garlic and should be grown in warmer zones.

K’s Backyard - This one I’ve grown in my garden the past few years and I’m amazed at it’s storage capability. It stayed perfect for almost a year!

Hardneck

Music- One of the most popular hardneck garlic types and for good reason. Not only is it flavorful and easy to peel, it also lasts a good amount of time in storage for a hardneck type.

Chesnok Red- This has a beautiful purple color and is on my list to buy this year! It’s an excellent storage type.

Onions

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Long Day Type

Southport Red Globe- A great producer for the north. One of the longest lasting red onions

Patterson (Hybrid)- An extremely long lasting storage onion

Parsnips

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Hollow Crown- A favorite of mine. Grows large roots that sweeten after frost.

Pumpkins

Photo Courtesy Of  Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Photo Courtesy Of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Long Island Cheese-Flattened ribbed fruit look like wheels of cheese. An excellent keeper.

Dickinson- Resistant to squash bugs, fruits grow anywhere from 10- 40 pounds. A great keeper can last up to 5 months in storage. 



Potatoes

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Superior- A good choice for colder climates as this one stores for a very long time as well as being early to produce.

Kennebec- A midseason variety that stores very well. This is a favorite in my own garden.

Yukon Gold- Smooth creamy yellow flesh. Early maturing and long lasting in storage.

Rutabaga

Helenor- Very uniform and high-yielding. Stores well.

Sweet Potatoes

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Beauregard- An earlier maturing sweet potato with smooth flesh. Sweetens more with storage. Lasts up to 8 months when stored properly.

Turnips

Photo Courtesy Of  Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Photo Courtesy Of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Purple Top White Globe- I’ve had good luck with this in my garden and stored them for many months after the harvest.

Winter Squash

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Waltham Butternut- A favorite in my own garden, this one is great all around. Resistant to squash vine borer and squash bugs. Lasts for up to 6 months (I’ve had a few last 9 months!) in storage.

Blue Hubbard- 110 days. Known for keeping up to 6 months in the pantry. The fruit can weigh from 15-40 lbs

Canada Crookneck- 110 days- An ancestor of today’s butternut, it is resistant to pests and diseases and a super keeper

Winter Radish

Photo Courtesy of  High Mowing Seed company

Photo Courtesy of High Mowing Seed company

Schwarzer Runder Radish- Coarse outer skin allows for very long storage in the root cellar. Spicy and flavorful.

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