Eat the roots and the leaves for vitamins A and C.
- Turnips are root vegetables with leafy greens that you can eat. They can be different colors, shapes and sizes.
- Turnips belong to the mustard family with Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale and broccoli.
- The flavor of turnips and their greens is mild with a little sweetness and peppery spice.
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- Choose turnips that are smooth, firm and heavy for their size. Avoid turnips with cuts or soft spots.
- If the leafy greens are attached, they should look fresh. Avoid greens that are yellow or wilted.
- For the best flavor and texture, choose baby turnips that are about 1 inch across or young turnips that are 2 to 3 inches across.
- Fresh turnips are available year round. In Oregon, find local turnips October through March.
- Canned and frozen turnips and greens are found in some stores.
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- If greens are attached, cut them off and refrigerate in an airtight container. Use within a few days. Rinse just before using.
- Refrigerate turnips in a container with airflow. For best flavor, use within 1 week.
- Scrub turnips with a brush or hands under runninig water just before using. Trim off the stem and root ends. use a vegetable peeler to remove a thin layer of skin, if desired.
- Freeze blanched or cooked turnips in freezer containers for up to one year.
- Slice turnips for a salad or refrigerator pickles.
- Serve small turnips whole with your favorite dip.
- Roast, bake or boil and season many ways.
- Mix with white or sweet potatoes or other root vegetables.
- Chop and sauté with carrots, celery and onion to season soups, stews and beans.
- Prepare turnip greens like others such as beet greens or kale.
1 pound turnips = 2 to 3 medium turnips = 3 cups diced or mashed turnips
6 to 7 cups raw greens = 1 cup cooked greens
When kids help make healthy food, they are more likely to try it. Show kids how to:
- rinse produce under cool running water. A vegetable brush works well on turnips.
- use a vegetable peeler to remove a thin layer of skin from vegetables.
- measure and mix ingredients.