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Turnip

Turnip Turnip is a traditional British winter vegetable. It's often confused with swede, but it's actually quite different.

Turnips are usually smaller, with purple on their skin and creamy white flesh. Swedes are larger, with tougher dark skin and orange-coloured flesh.

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Buy?
A fresh turnip should feel firm and heavy for its size (so it hasn't dried out or gone woody).

If you're buying the leaves, they should be bright green and crisp.

Small turnips are sweeter and smoother than large ones, which tend to be fibrous and may have an over-powering flavour.
Store?
Turnip greens will keep in the fridge for a couple of days.

Turnip roots (stalks) will keep for a week or two in a cool, dark place.
Cook?
Turnips are usually peeled with a potato peeler, unless they're very young, in which case you might want to eat the skin.

Chop off the leaves and long root. Then slice or chop into chunks and:


Boiled or Steamed Turnip
Boil for 20 minutes

Or...

Steam for 20 minutes

Or...


Roasted Turnip
Roast in a little vegetable oil for 45 minutes

More Turnip Information

Turnips are often considered a "poor man's food", because they are easy to grow, even in poor soils, and store well.

The "roots" provide slow release, complex carbohydrates and are rich in vitamins and minerals. The leaves (turnip greens) are an excellent source of vitamin C and calcium.

They were cultivated by the Ancient Romans and there is evidence of them in India dating back to 1500 BC.

Turnips store well, so are often available much of the year. However, they are in season from October to December in the UK.


Did you know...?
The "root" of a turnip isn't actually the root - it's actually a swollen stalk.

Graham's Rhubarb Pudding
Looking around for different ways to cook rhubarb as we have a lot of rhubarb in the garden,
Ingredients

Method
  1. Wash rhubarb, cut into 3cm / 1" lengths and place in a flan dish covering the base.
  2. In a mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar. Add the beaten egg.
  3. Mix in the flour and milk, lightly beat then spread over the rhubarb.
  4. Bake for 40/45 minutes in an oven pre-heated to 180C / 350F / Gas4. (Fan assisted 30/35 minutes at 160C).

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Suggested Turnip Recipes

Chard and Veggie Bake with a Mushroom, Quinoa and Goats Cheese Crumble Topping

We've been so blessed with recipe submissions from our readers, and from enthusiastic veg box providers around the country that it's been a while since we've invented a new one of our own.

Last week we received a box that contained carrots, chard, mushrooms, shallots and turnips. We already had a can of mixed beans in the cupboard, garlic cloves, some unfinished goats cheese in the fridge and a big box of quinoa.

This was the result!

Chard and Veggie Bake with a Mushroom, Quinoa and Goats Cheese Crumble Topping

We've been so blessed with recipe submissions from our readers, and from enthusiastic veg box providers around the country that it's been a while since we've invented a new one of our own.

Last week we received a box that contained carrots, chard, mushrooms, shallots and turnips. We already had a can of mixed beans in the cupboard, garlic cloves, some unfinished goats cheese in the fridge and a big box of quinoa.

This was the result!

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Left-overs Pot Pie

This recipe was inspired by my dear friend Caroline P, an ex professional chef, who was describing to me her favourite way of using up savoury left-overs.

Do let us know if you try it. And if you want to use the left-overs without having to eat them immediately, these pies freeze really well.

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Mary's Turnip Slithers

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Mushroom And Winter Veg Pie

This is a real winter warming treat. The flavour from the mushrooms makes the dish, so it’s important to get a variety of them, with strong flavours – no button mushrooms here, thank you…

Pureed Swede With Cheesy Crust

Many people are put off by childhood memories of swede – often confused with turnip. Yet its yellow-orange flesh can be delicious. This recipe tops pureed swede with a crunchy cheese and seed crust, to add some variety and extra vitamins. Also works well with turnip, parsnip or celeriac.

Root Vegetable 'Crumble' with Cheesy Topping

This is a delicious recipe for baby or Chantenay carrots and other roots veggies. The secret ingredient gives it a warming kick. Make the most of your turnips, swedes, parsnips and sweet potatoes. You can also use celeriac or kohlrabi.

Savoury Sauteed Pears and Turnips

We can almost hear the mass of eyebrows being raised!

But by the time you've finished reading the Method, we reckon you'll be convinced to give it a go.

Winter Vegetable Minestrone Soup

Minestrone is a traditional, chunky soup, served with soup pasta. We often think of it as a summer dish, but with a little lateral thinking, you can create a soup that brightens up any winter’s day.

Got one? Send us your recipe!

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