A root vegetable similar in appearance to beets. Turnips are considered to have a strong flavor which can be undesirable in certain dishes if some of the flavor isn't allowed to escape during cooking.
Turnips provide a good source of fiber and vitamin C, and are naturally low in calories.
Both the greens as well as the root are edible.
Most common type of turnip is mostly white skinned apart from the upper 1-6 centimeters, which protrude above the ground and are purple, red, or greenish wherever sunlight has fallen.
Entire root is roughly conical, but can be occasionally tomato-shaped about 5-20 centimeters in diameter and lacks side roots.
Selecting and Buying
Preparation and Use
You can peel them with a potato peeler, then cut into small chunks, but just cleaning and slicing without peeling is fine too as the entire vegetable is edible.
Conserving and Storing
Store turnips in a cool, dry, place.