Eastern Market - Detroit MI

Eastern Market - Detroit MI

Indoor Farmers Market - Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield, IL 

Indoor Farmers Market - Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield, IL 


Tasty Turnips

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Turnip (Brassica rapa)

It’s that time of year when cool-season turnips are adorning farmers markets.

When you spot turnips at the market, you’ve stumbled upon another versatile vegetable that offers wonderful nutrition benefits in both its root and greens.

Turnips, part of the Brassicaceae or mustard family that includes cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and, kale. 

Brassica vegetables, such as turnips, are known as cruciferous vegetables.

Crucifer is a Latin word that means “cross-bearing.”

Crucifer is a Latin word that means “cross-bearing.”

This refers to the four petals of the flowers resembling a cross.

This refers to the four petals of the flowers resembling a cross.

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Double Duty

Both turnips and turnip greens are naturally low calorie while providing a good source of vitamins, minerals, fiber and, a little bit of protein.

They pack calcium potassium, vitamin C, niacin and, much more.

Turnip Root - prior to cooking

Turnip Root - prior to cooking

Turnip Greens - frozen prior to cooking

Turnip Greens - frozen prior to cooking

Many people boil and mash turnips to either eat plain, or mix into mashed potatoes to give them a little zing.

Another cool alternative I saw was to make baked turnip chips and use them as a healthy potato chip replacement.

Turnips are served raw and cooked.

They can be used in salads, baked, braised, boiled, roasted, glazed, sautéed, added to soup, pickled, pureed, made into French fries and, prepared in many other creative ways.

Cruciferous vegetables, such as turnips, offer sulfur-containing compounds in the form of glucosinolates. These have been shown to lower the risk for cardiovascular disease and, many types of cancer.

Cruciferous vegetables, such as turnips, offer sulfur-containing compounds in the form of glucosinolates.

These have been shown to lower the risk for cardiovascular disease and, many types of cancer.

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Depending on your calorie needs, one cup of raw fresh turnip greens contains approximately 127% of the Vitamin A daily need! This is fantastic news for the maintenance and function of your immunity, heart, lungs, vision, skin, bones and, reproductive organs.

Depending on your calorie needs, one cup of raw fresh turnip greens contains approximately 127% of the Vitamin A daily need!

This is fantastic news for the maintenance and function of your immunity, heart, lungs, vision, skin, bones and, reproductive organs.

Cooked turnip root offers a decent amount of fiber which, we know is great for colon health and, regular bowel movements.

Cooked turnip root offers a decent amount of fiber which, we know is great for colon health and, regular bowel movements.

Turnip greens are high in vitamin K that is involved in blood clotting, cardiac muscle, bone and, cartilage. This is great for most everyone unless you’re on a blood thinner which, if you are on one, means you have to closely follow the recommended vitamin K guidelines provided by your medical advisor.   Additionally, Cleveland clinic reports that although turnips are sometimes thought to interfere with thyroid function, that is actually not the case. Turnips are one of the cruciferous vegetables that is fine for those with hypothyroidism. For more information visit this link https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2014/09/thyroid-issues-what-you-need-to-know-about-diet-and-supplements/

Turnip greens are high in vitamin K that is involved in blood clotting, cardiac muscle, bone and, cartilage.

This is great for most everyone unless you’re on a blood thinner which, if you are on one, means you have to closely follow the recommended vitamin K guidelines provided by your medical advisor.  

Additionally, Cleveland clinic reports that although turnips are sometimes thought to interfere with thyroid function, that is actually not the case. Turnips are one of the cruciferous vegetables that is fine for those with hypothyroidism. For more information visit this link https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2014/09/thyroid-issues-what-you-need-to-know-about-diet-and-supplements/


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Soooo...

 

 

The next time we see them at the market, let’s not  quickly turnip our noses at turnips!

Give them a try and turnip the volume on your root vegetable intake today!!

OK! You can stop groaning.

Its time to go try some of the resources below.

Enjoy!!

 

Resources:

Bon Appétit – 23 Turnip Recipes for Main and Side Dishes: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/slideshow/turnip-18-recipes-underrated-root-vegetable

Chef Mom – Tantalizing Turnip Recipes: http://chefmom.sheknows.com/articles/1126/tantalizing-turnip-recipes

Eating Well – Healthy Turnip Recipes: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19322/ingredients/vegetables/turnips/

Epicurious – Glazed Turnips: https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/glazed-turnips-104647

Food Network – Gina’s Turnip Greens: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/patrick-and-gina-neely/ginas-turnip-greens-recipe-1943248

Food Network – Buttered Turnip Puree: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/buttered-turnip-puree-recipe2-1973439

Kitchn – Seasonal Cooking: Interesting Things To Do With Turnips: http://www.thekitchn.com/in-season-turnips-and-interest-67615

MyRecipes – Warm Turnip Green Dip: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/warm-turnip-green-dip

MyRecipes – Turnip Greens Stew: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/turnip-greens-stew

Real Simple – 4 Quick Turnip Recipes: https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/popular-ingredients/turnip-recipes

The Clean Dish – Crispy Curried Turnip Chips: http://www.thecleandish.com/crispy-curried-turnip-chips-naturally-grain-free-gluten-free/

The Spruce – Roasted Turnips Recipe: https://www.thespruce.com/roasted-turnips-2217054

 

 

 

 

 

 

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