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About turnips

As a root vegetable usually associated with beets or potatoes, turnips are actually more closely related to cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. Turnips are one of the oldest and hardiest vegetables, and it's believed that they originated in eastern Asia, where they grew wild when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Later, it was widely cultivated throughout the Roman Empire.

Today it's commonly grown in temperate climates worldwide, and there there are more than 30 different varieties of turnips. The most common type is known as the purple-top turnip, which has a white part that remains underground, while the purple color comes from where the sun has hit. However, it's important to note that a turnip actually refers to rutabaga in certain parts of the United Kingdom and Canada.

Unlike most other vegetables, you can eat the turnip's leafy greens and its root. When biting into a turnip, you might notice a slight spiciness. This flavor makes the turnip a perfect pairing with other root vegetables or those with stronger flavors, such as ginger. If you're using older turnips in cooking, you might notice a slight mustard flavor, which often mellows once you cook it.

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FAQs About Turnips

If you aren't ready to immediately eat your turnips, remove any green stems before storing them. These stems take away all the moisture from the roots. You should store the turnips just like you would any other type of cooking greens, so wrap them loosely in a plastic bag and place them in the crisper of the refrigerator or a root cellar. They will keep for up to one month if kept in a cool and dark environment.

Yes, you can freeze turnips. Wash, peel, and cut them into 1/2-inch cubes. Blanch the pieces in boiling water for about two minutes. Drain them, and chill quickly in cold water. Remove from the water, and place them in freezer-safe bags. They should keep for eight to 10 months.

Just like all vegetables, turnips are low in calories and saturated fat. They're also an excellent source of several vitamins and minerals:
  • Calcium: When you think of calcium, you might believe dairy is one of the only ways to get calcium. Turnips have a high amount of calcium, which helps to build strong bones and stay ahead of osteoporosis.
  • Dietary fiber: Turnips have a substantial amount of dietary fiber, which can help with digestion, including diverticulitis.
  • Folate: This nutrient is critical for pregnant women as it can reduce the risk of congenital disabilities found in the spine and brain. It also helps to produce red blood cells in the body.
  • Potassium: Turnips provide potassium, which can help lower blood pressure by removing sodium from the body and helping the arteries dilate.
  • Vitamin C: The turnip's greens are rich in this vitamin, which protects cells and keeps them healthy.
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