- Turnip is a member of the Brassicaceae botanical family which consists of many different vegetables including kale, cauliflower, cabbage, and broccoli.
- It is a root vegetable that prefer cooler weather.
- They are typically harvested in the fall.
- Turnip greens are also edible and can be used in a variety of dishes.
Turnips are an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of fiber and manganese.
- Vitamin C is an antioxidant which assists in wound healing and immune function.
- Fiber helps to control weight by making you feel fuller faster. It also aids in healthy digestion.
- Manganese promotes wound healing and cartilage and bone formation.
How to purchase, prepare and store:
- Purchase turnips at a grocery store year-round or purchase greens and fresh turnips at your local farmers market in spring or fall.
- Prepare greens by soaking in cold water to remove any excess dirt. If the water is dirty, soak and rinse again until thoroughly clean.
- Cut the greens into desired size, then eat fresh in a salad or add to a smoothie. Eat cooked greens by boiling or sautéing.
- Turnip roots should be washed well and skin removed. Eat raw in a salad or slaw. Slice and eat with your favorite dipping sauce. Cook turnip roots by boiling, sautéing, or roasting and adding to your favorite dishes.
- Store turnip greens by cutting them off of the root. Greens should be placed in a plastic bag in your crisper drawer and stored for up to two weeks.
- Turnip roots can be stored by wrapping individual roots in a damp cloth. Place individually wrapped turnips in separate plastic bags in your refrigerator for up to two weeks.
(Turnip, 1 cup, cubes raw)
- Calories: 36
- Protein: 1.2 g
- Fat: 0.1 g
- Carbohydrate: 8.4 g
- Fiber: 2.3 g
- Calcium: 39 mg
- Iron: 0.39 mg
- Magnesium: 14.3 mg
- Phosphorus: 35.1 mg
- Folate: 19.5 µg
- Vitamin A: 0 µg
(Turnip greens, 1 cup, chopped, cooked, boiled, with salt)
- Calories: 28.8
- Protein: 1.64 g
- Fat: 0.3 g
- Carbohydrate: 6.28 g
- Fiber: 5.0 g
- Calcium: 197 mg
- Iron: 1.15 mg
- Magnesium: 31.7 mg
- Phosphorus: 41.8 mg
- Folate: 170 µg
- Vitamin A: 549 µg