Turnips are one of those Winter root vegetables that get little love but can be a truly delicious addition to your next meal. There's little information about their original cultivation, but we do know that back in ancient Rome Pliny the Elder considered the turnip to be one of the most important vegetables of his day. Today, lots of families in the South love stewing up the turnip vegetable or its greens for a warming supper.If you've never been exposed to cooking turnips, these guys can be a little tricky to choose. To learn more about the cute little turnip, just keep reading.
When shopping for in-season vegetables, turnip isn't the first Winter vegetable to come to mind. The cold-weather crop doesn't win the popularity vote over more tastier or well-known options at the farmers market.
Turnips, however, hold a good deal of nutritional value. One serving of the root (about 1 cup) offers almost as much potassium as a banana, and also contains vitamins C and B, such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and B6.
A popular preparation of turnips is as a substitute for mashed potatoes; mashed turnips have far less carbohydrates and calories. You can also slice them thinly and eat them raw in salads, or roast them with a little olive oil. And don't forget the turnip greens, which are also very nutritious. Turnip greens are extremely high in vitamin K — which is important for strong bones and healthy arteries — and antioxidants, not to mention their value as a detox aid. The greens are tasty as a sautéed side or steamed to maintain the most nutrients.
How do you enjoy turnips and turnip greens?
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In addition to being full of protein, fiber, and more vitamins than I have room to list, this speedy recipe requires less than an hour from start to finish. The turnips, beets, and yams take advantage of the stovetop, rather than the oven, for timesaving yet tender results. Hoping to scout out a good-for-you comfort dish? You've come to the right place. Get the recipe when you read more.
Thanksgiving may be a traditional holiday, but that doesn't mean you're tied to the same old sides. Reinvent a tired meal with new takes on the classic dish known as mashed potatoes. Try blending other root vegetables into the mix, such as sweet potatoes or turnips. Instead of flavoring your mashed potatoes with chives or garlic, embrace seasonal flavors, such as celery root or mushrooms. To learn more, read on.
During the period of transition from Summer to Fall, you may find that while you see a lot of Fall produce in the market, the weather isn't quite cold enough for stews. This turnip salad is the perfect dish to make during this brief season.
Although it's uncommon to see recipes with uncooked turnips, they're actually delicious eaten raw, with a dense, crunchy texture, and a flavor similar to radishes. It's important to slice the turnips as thinly as possible, and to make sure the salad is seasoned liberally with salt and pepper. If raw onions are too overpowering, reduce the amount of shallots in your salad. To get this recipe, which calls for only four ingredients, read more