Last year we made a really simple root cellar as an experiment. I was shocked by its great performance. Carrots can stay there for months. We picked up our turnips in November and yesterday (April 28th) I found a couple of turnips forgotten under the Jerusalem artichoke - still in great condition! Imagine what you could do with something more advanced than this.
But let's leave the detailed information on root cellars for another post. Today I'd like to share with you 15 nice photos of cellars accross the world. After seeing them you'll probably start reading on the topic just like I did.
You can click on each picture to see it larger and get all the details for the photo.
1. Finnish Potato Cellar
If they can store potatoes in the cold Finland, why wouldn't you be able to do it?
2. In The Mountain
Somewhere in the mountain people have used the hilly terrain to build a small root cellar.
3. Small Shed-Like Root Cellar
This is a small bricks or stone building partly dug in the ground.
4. Virginia Plantation Root Cellar
And this one looks great! Wood pellets on top are probably there for insulation from heat and cold.
5. Stone Building in Ohio
Most of it is dug in the ground so it must be working pretty well in preserving the food.
6. Stone Root Cellar Winter Time
I have no idea how did they move these huge rocks but they must be protecting well from the outside temperatures.
7. Concrete Building in Missouri
This one is very well protected - almost the entire one is in the ground. The hilly ground is well used here.
8. A Shed in The Ground
This one looks like a shed half-buried in the ground. Looks large enough to store a lot of stuff.
9. Another Stone One From Missouri
Once again, the specifics of the terrain are used great to build this root cellar
10. Historic Root Cellar
This is an impressive one, turned into something like a museum.
11. Inside The Root Cellar
A look inside a cozy root cellar. Makes you want to spend some time there.
12. Hand-dug Root Cellar
Some cellars are entirely dug in the ground and you have to go down using a stair.
13. Wooden Shed Cellar
This is a typical wooden shed turned into a cellar. Notice the stone walls built inside it - they help to keep moderate inner temperature.
14. In Elliston, South Australia
This is the typical "home made" root cellar for places like Elliston. Using the terrain and what's available. I'm sure it works pretty well.
15. Mountain Homestead Root Cellar
I have no idea how this looks inside, but the door is great :)
Inspired? Do you already have a root cellar?