Ok, ok – I know that it is April. And I know you are probably wondering why I am posting about turnips in April, when really, they are best in the winter months. Well, it’s simply because I had my first turnip ever, and I’m so mad that I waited this long in life to try turnips! They are at the very end of their season, so they are still on grocery store shelves.
A little about turnips:
- the turnip root is high in vitamin C. Turnip greens are high in Vitamin A, folate, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and calcium.
- Select turnips no bigger than 3 inches in diameter. If they are bigger, that means they are older, and they can sometimes have a strong flavor and woody texture.
- You can store turnips in a cool, dark place for up to 2 months, or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
- Did you know that turnips were the original jack-o-lanterns? People would carve faces into them and put a piece of coal in the center. Then they would use them like flashlights.
- Turnips are a member of the cabbage family.
- Turnips are available year round, but young turnips can only be found in the spring.
What is your favorite recipe that uses turnips?