Turnip

Harvested

(rough estimate due to natural conditions {weather, pests etc})

September & October  199732

Benefits of Turnip

  • Improve Heart Health
  • Aid in Digestion

  • Improve Blood Circulation

  • Boost Immune System

  • Improve Bone Strength

  • Prevent Cancer

  • Fight Inflammation

  • Boost Metabolism

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Storage Tips

  • if the turnips came with tops (the leaves still on), & you plan on using the tops, cut off the leaves, bag them separately & refrigerate the leaves for use within a few days at the most. Refrigerate the roots unwashed in a plastic bag. They should keep for anywhere from 1 week to 2 weeks in the fridge, depending on your refrigerator.
  • To freeze, wash, peel, slice & place in pot of water that just covers them. Bring the water just to the boiling point, then drain water off the turnips (why not drain into a bowl & freeze to use as part of a tasty stock one day?), dump the turnips into a sink of very cold water, then drain again, pack in freezer bags & freeze.

    *Background: Turnips store very well in root cellars, which have humidity levels which are more conducive to good, long-term storage. Turnips don’t, however, store well in refrigerators because refrigerators are very dry places.

Culinary Tips

  •  Young or baby turnips which are often harvested at an early stage are delicate & sweet in taste. They make an excellent ingredient when added raw in a vegetable salad along with cabbage, carrot, & beetroot. As they grow larger in size, turnips tend to have a more pronounced, woody taste, hence are not always preferred in salad preparations.
  • use raw turnips: cut them into sticks which can be used in dips, or grate them for a salad or coleslaw
  • diced into cubes, turnips can be a great addition to a vegetable stew with potatoes, carrots, shallots, and kohlrabi
  • top greens can be used along with other vegetables & greens to cook various soups & curries.
  • In many parts of Iran, India, & Pakistan, turnip cubes are pickled too, just like other vegetables such as carrot, radish, and chili peppers.

Recipe Links 

Vegetarian Turnip Cake with Shiitake Mushrooms & Fried Shallots

Middle Eastern Pickled Turnips

Easy Roasted Turnips with Lemon

Sesame Ginger Turnip Rice Bowls