Have you ever tried a turnip before? It was a vegetable that I didn’t grow up eating so my eyes always just slid past them in the grocery store. I try to get different produce from the grocery store every week that I’ve never tried before to make sure I’m not getting into a rut! This week was turnip week. I love how they look, smooth, round with a pleasant purple colour. I’ve eating a lot of rutabaga so this just looked like a young, smaller cousin!
Season is October through the winter but can often be found throughout the year.
Nutritionally? Well being a vegetable it’s low in calories, full of vitamins, minerals (calcium, phosphorus and magnesium) and fibre!
Flavour? It has a slightly spicy, tangy flavour which is dependent on how fresh or large it is. Apparently boiling it with a little sugar can help making it sweeter tasting.
How to use it? Think of it like a potato and let your imagination guide you! Looking on Martha Stewart’s website, some ideas include:
– Cube and roast in the oven with some oil and seasoning
– Boil and mash turnip, season with a little butter and nutmeg
– Mash along with potatoes for a shepherd’s pie topping
– Bake with a crunchy breadcrumb topping
– Mix turnips with potatoes for hash browns or potato patties
– Slice young small turnips very thinly and serve raw with salads or on vegetable platters
– Add to vegetable soup or stews