Turnips

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Seasonality:

  • Turnips are in season October through March.

Health Benefits of Turnips:

  • Turnip greens are an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, copper, manganese, dietary fiber, calcium, vitamin E and vitamin B6.

How to Select Turnips:

  • Look for smaller turnips with unblemished skin that are firm to the touch and heavy for their size. Larger turnips tend to be woody and rough-tasting.
  • Avoid turnips that are soft to the touch or contain mold, black spots or cuts.

How to Store Turnips:

  • Store turnips unwashed in a plastic bag in the vegetable crisper drawer of the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

How to Prepare Turnips:

  • Slice off the root end. Larger turnips should be peeled, but smaller turnips (2 inches or less in diameter) can be cooked without peeling.

Fun Facts About Turnips:

  • First cultivated in prehistoric times, turnips gained popularity during the Middle Ages as a main vegetable for the poor.