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.
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.
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.
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.
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