5 Fantastic Ways to Liven Up the Humble Turnip – Updated!

Another lovely post from Kyla.. I just wish I could get those vegetables more readily and cheaper ( they cost) an arm and a leg…

24 Carrot Diet

Turnip or Rutabaga?

It must be a Canadian thing. The vegetable that I grew up calling turnip is actually a rutabaga. This homely vegetable is thought to be a cross between a wild cabbage and a white turnip. Rutabaga is also known as swede, yellow turnip, or winter turnip. It is larger than a white turnip, and therefore easier to peel. It is good for long storage too, whereas your white turnips may not have the same staying power.

Both the white turnip and the yellow turnip belong to the brassica family, whose members are high in vitamins A, C and K, folic acid, and fibre. They also contain a surprising amount of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and glucosinolate. You may know the brassicas as cruciferous vegetables, a name derived from the distinctive cross shape of their flowers.

What am I going to do with 20 lbs of yellow turnips? The true turnip, otherwise known as summer turnip…

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8 thoughts on “5 Fantastic Ways to Liven Up the Humble Turnip – Updated!

  1. Teagan R. Geneviene

    Oh! Fun with turnips! I like rutabagas (some places they’re called turnips) that I make in a root vegetable stew. But the white ones — I like raw! They have a lovely flavor. Then a Pug in the Kitchen shared a soup made with them and potatoes — it was lovely. At this late date in life, I’ve discovered I like turnips! Go figure. Hugs.

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    1. blondieaka Post author

      That’s good mybe we become just that little bit more adventurous later in life whatever the reason I am having more fun in recent years and discovering so many lovely foods which are amazingly tasty and good for us as well 🙂 Thank you for stopping by Teagan Hugs x

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  2. Doctor Jonathan

    The human palate seems to need the right recipe to entice digesting this magnificent source of nutrition. Maybe people should consider including them with other enticing foods to provide BALANCE to a meal without feeling deprivation. It’s interesting that improved quality living doesn’t provide enough motivation to eat beneficial foods. Maybe we need to rethink our ATTITUDE about foods in general. Nothing wrong with enjoying comfort foods as long as we realize they can’t be the basis of our dietary planning.

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    1. blondieaka Post author

      Yes, I know what you mean all these fancy chips and things..It is a mindset and one which needs to start young..myself I don’t dress vegetables up and children will eat them …I don’t believe in force as in my son hated sprouts but he ate every other vegetable under the sun so why force him to eat sprouts ..He now eats and loves sprouts ..My point is I suppose don’t pander ..Cook a meal and eat it or go without..There is always something that you would prefer not to eat and if you eat most things then I would say it is fine not to eat that. I do also think our taste buds go through a few changes as we go through life… A very complex and emotive subject …

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