Not the most popular vegetable today, maybe it’s just a matter of fashion, but I’m sure that if you just give turnips another chance, you’ll find out just how tasty and useful they really are.
Why Are Turnips So Great?
I suggest that carving Halloween faces into your turnips may not be the best way to appreciate them (bent many a spoon doing this) my favourite treatment of this humble vegetable isn’t whittling, but rather roasting with cracked black pepper and honey. Let’s not forget what’s up top – greens! Sautéed with garlic, oh my, delicious!
Available all year round peaking from May to October and although turnips taste a tad bland, (a cross between a carrot and a potato) they have plenty of uses and provide a bevy of health benefits.
How to Eat Them
- Boiled and mashed turnips for a fun alternative to mashed potatoes
- Raw, chopped or shredded for a salad topper or added to your favourite coleslaw recipe.
- Added to soup or stew at the same stage you would add potatoes
- Cubed into your slow-cooked roast
Turnips are also a low-calorie vegetable. Along with its nutritional powerhouse cousins like broccoli, brussel sprouts and kale, turnips provide a high amount of nutrients for a low amount of calories and a great source of minerals, antioxidants, and dietary fibre. A 100 gram serving only has 28 calories. Surprisingly, it’s also loaded with immune-boosting vitamin C!
Did you know that turnip is good for personal hygiene, too? In fact, turnip juice is actually effective in warding off body odour. Grate a turnip, squeeze out the juice, and then apply it to your underarms.
Turnip can also help mend cracked and torn skin on your heels. Simply boil at least 12 turnips, including their greens, in water. Before bedtime, soak your feet in this solution (let it cool first) for 10 minutes. You can also rub the turnips on the soles of your feet. Continue for three days, and you’ll notice your skin becoming smoother and softer than before.
Sean Barker is the MD of First Tunnels, and is enthusiastic about providing quality gardening supplies to gardeners across the UK