Turnips have been a popular vegetable since Roman times.
This white root is a prized vegetable in many cuisines and is frequently used in French and Japanese cooking. Varieties differ in size and shape, however, roots are generally round or a flattened globe shape. Turnips have a delicate flavour and are best eaten when young and tender as the flavour of older turnips is stronger.
What to look for
Choose small to medium firm roots, 5-10 cm diameter, with smooth skins as these turnips will have a delicate peppery taste.
February, March, April, May, June, July, August.
Refrigerate in plastic bags.
How to prepare
Turnips don't need to be peeled if they are young and fresh. Leave baby turnips whole. Trim, peel if necessary, and cut to similar size portions. Late autumn and winter supplies tend to be larger, stronger in flavour and peeling is recommended as the skins may be stringy.
Ways to eat
Turnips, like swede, can be eaten raw but are usually eaten cooked as a side vegetable or used in savoury dishes such as soups, braises and stews. Turnips are particularly suited to being served in a light honey or sugar glaze.
Braise, boil, microwave, steam, stew.
|Serving size: ½ cup, mashed - 61g|
|Fat, total (g)||0.2||0.3%||0.3|
|- saturated (g)||trace||0%||trace|
|- sugars (g)||1.3||1%||2.2|
|Dietary fibre (g)||1.9||6%||3.1|
|Vitamin C (mg)||10.4||26% RDI*||17.0||A good source of vitamin C|
|Niacin (mg)||0.6||6% RDI*||1.0|
|Calcium (mg)||33.6||4% RDI*||55.0|
|Iron (mg)||0.24||2% RDI*||0.4|
Percentage Daily Intakes are based on an average adult diet of 8700 kJ
Source: The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables, 10th Edition, Plant & Food Research - 2014
Turnips are a good source of vitamin C. Turnips are a member of the brassica family therefore the phytonutrients phytosterols and glucosinolates are present.
Place next to swedes. Offer samples of raw turnips. Customers may not know how to use turnips, so use the QR code on labels.
Store at 0°C with a relative humidity of 90-100%.
Purchase turnips with the New Zealand GAP logo.
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